Temp housing at City Mission within weeks

Families struggling to find affordable accommodation in Christchurch could soon find themselves temporarily housed in the old City Mission building.

The City Mission's former headquarters in Hereford St has been rented out as office space since the welfare agency moved into a new building further up the road. But the demand for temporary housing in Christchurch is now so acute the City Mission has agreed to convert part of the old building into three self-contained units.

The units will be used to provide safe, warm accommodation for three or four families until they can find more permanent accommodation.

It is going to cost about $140,000 to reconfigure the building but the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (Mbie) has agreed to pay $100,000 and the city council the rest. Mbie and the council will also consider contributing towards the project's operational costs.

Christchurch City Missioner Michael Gorman said the Mission was hoping it could be ready in about six weeks.

The accommodation was designed to be transitional. with families only staying for around three months.

"There are already people waiting to get in," he said.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel said the project was a wonderful example of the collaborative partnerships that were needed to help the city.

The Press