Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Scaling Ruapehu social housing crisis

Six social housing units will be funded from the Government’s Covid response infrastructure fund, to aid Ruapehu’s lack of social housing.

Housing Minister, Megan Woods said the Crown’s investment of $2.1 million in the project would provide value to the community for generations to come.

“Social housing, like this, helps whanau forge a path out of poverty and gain more financial freedom, independence, stability and security,” said Dr Woods.

“It also goes some way to help address the increasing cost of housing that is seeing a growing number of people struggling to house themselves.”

The project consists of the construction of six Council-owned social houses in Ohakune. They include five one-bedroom units, each approximately 56 square metres in size, and one two-bedroom unit approximately 76 square metres in size.

This is seen as a pilot project assisting to build Ruapehu District Council’s capacity for future housing projects, the Minister said.

She said the six social housing units not only increase housing supply in Ohakune but deliver better quality housing that is warm and dry, economic to run, and help keep their occupants healthy.

“The building of these houses has also provided an opportunity for Ruapehu District Council to use its land holdings to partner with Government to build a more prosperous and resilient district which is a great example of how we can all work together to resolve this housing crisis,” said Minister Woods.

The project is due to be completed in August 2022.

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