The government has announced that 19 brand new homes in Manurewa are available as transitional housing.
On July 06, Associate Housing and Urban Development Minister Jenny Salesa formally opened the housing development on Sturdee Road.
The development is a joint project of the Housing New Zealand (HNZ) and the Ministry of Social Development (MSD, who contracted STRIVE Community Trust to manage the properties and support the people living there. It can cater up to 76 South Auckland families each year.
STRIVE chief executive Sharon Wilson-Davis said the homes offer short-term housing for families who urgently need a place to live while they look for a longer-term home. Several units have already been let out.
“I cannot overstate how grateful families are to have onsite support and a stable, warm place to live while we help get their lives back on track and find permanent affordable homes,” she stated. “Anyone who has met a parent who has just learned they do not have to worry about where their family will sleep next week, and that someone is there to support them, will understand the impact of transitional housing.”
MSD Housing deputy chief executive Scott Gallacher, meanwhile, said transitional housing and providers such as STRIVE help make sure that people in urgent need of housing have support and a warm, dry place to live.
“The long-term goal is to have enough public housing to meet demand, but this cannot be done overnight,” Gallacher said.
The government and housing providers are bringing on 6,400 more public housing over the next four years.
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