$17.3m plan for Canty social housing
Three multimillion-dollar social housing developments will be built in Christchurch by the end of next year, the Government says.
Yesterday, Housing minister Nick Smith announced plans for three separate developments worth $17.3 million to be built around the city, with 51 new homes in total.
The Government will partner with the Canterbury Community Trust to fund the project, and community housing providers Accessible Properties, Comcare Trust and Habitat for Humanity have been enlisted to deliver them.
Twenty-one units will be built by Habitat for Humanity in Avonside, Bromley, Linwood and Kaiapoi for families "who have experienced transience, sub-standard housing and overcrowding" after the earthquakes.
Accessible Properties will build 16 units in Linwood, Phillipstown and St Albans for "high-need tenants displaced due to affordability and homelessness".
A further 14 units will target individuals experiencing mental illness and/or addictions, in yet to be announced locations.
Funding is made up of $8.7m from the Government's Social Housing Fund, $4.3m from the Canterbury Community Trust and $4.3m from community social housing providers.
Smith said the new developments were about "ensuring an increased supply of lower cost homes for both rental and assisted home ownership".
The new developments would each be placed in areas close to public transport as there had been discussions around "denser housing around transport nodes" to improve the functional capability of the city, he said.
"Fifty-one community houses does not sound that big in the picture of Christchurch's challenging housing issues, but it is significant in that it's actually a really big growth of the community housing sector in this city."
He would talk to the mayor about the possibility of a housing accord to bring Christchurch into line with Auckland.
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