Saturday, May 25, 2024

Supported housing model for Wellington

On-site care and support services for some of Wellington’s most vulnerable people is being introduced to permanent public housing in Wellington City for the first time.

Housing Minister, Megan Woods said the Single Site supported housing applies to all units on the 80-home development site in Rolleston Street, Mt Cook, with 20 of the homes receiving intensive, specialist support.

The Minister announced that Wellington City Mission has been selected as the successful provider and will provide 24/7 onsite support from later this year.

“These services include, counselling, employment assistance, healthcare, budgeting and skill development that can empower and enable individuals to live stable lives with dignity,” said Ms Woods.

She said the Wellington City Mission has been supporting the communities of the Wellington region for 119 years and had a wealth of experience and learning with supporting whānau in a range of residential settings throughout the region.

“Rolleston Street is one of several redevelopments underway across Wellington which is delivering much needed new, quality public housing.”

“In the past five years we have delivered over 400 much needed public and supported houses for people and whānau in Wellington City, and we will continue to provide more homes in the coming years with over 1,000 in the pipeline across the region.

“Across the country we have delivered an additional 13,305 public homes since October 2017. In contrast National left New Zealand with 1,500 fewer public homes than it started with and failed to invest in new ones,” the Minister said.

Twenty of the 80 Rolleston Street homes have been completed with the development expected to reach final completion in late 2023. The development will have 36 one-bedroom, 29 two-bedroom and 15 studio apartments in a mix of two to five storey buildings. It has been thoughtfully designed to enable a sense of community with landscaped areas and gardens, and shared community spaces for people to connect and access support services.

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