The government has unveiled plans to build a major housing development for central Auckland’s most vulnerable residents.
Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford, together with Housing New Zealand deputy board chair Vui Mark Gosche, announced plans to build 280 new purpose-built apartments with on-site wrap-around health and support services. These will replace 87 units on the site built more than 60 years ago.
Twyford said the new development will help meet the growing demand for housing in Auckland’s city centre, including an estimated 500 people currently sleeping rough.
“Supported living is an internationally proven way to house and support chronically homeless people, or those who have a range of complex needs,” Twyford stated. “Having a permanent home gives people the safe and stable environment they need to address factors which have led to their homelessness such as mental health issues and substance abuse.”
The new units are part of the 6,400 state homes the government will build over the next four years.
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