Canterbury trust to build 12 homes

Last updated 11:50 15/02/2013

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A Canterbury trust that provides housing for at-risk tenants has been given government money to build 12 properties.

The ComCare Charitable Trust will get $900,000 - one of three groups nationwide to pocket a share of a $3.1 million package announced by Housing Minister Nick Smith.

The trust helps people with mental illness and addictions live well in the Canterbury community. It provides a range of social housing and mental health support services.

Smith said the grants would help build 26 social housing units in Auckland, Nelson and Canterbury.

"These are the first grants from the Government's new $104m Social Housing Fund to assist families with acute housing needs," he said.

"It is part of a deliberate strategy to expand the community provision of social housing to complement that provided by Housing New Zealand.

''These 26 units are targeted at people on low incomes and those with special needs."

The organisations will contribute $3.87m of their own money, resulting in nearly $7m in new housing developments.

Smith said it was not ''a magic bullet'', but alongside government initiatives to free up land supply, reduce costs of infrastructure, improve productivity and reduce compliance costs, it would help deliver more and better housing.

The Nelson Tasman Housing Trust, which helps to offer good-quality, affordable housing to people on low to mid incomes and those with special needs, will get $513,000 towards building four homes in the suburb of Toi Toi.

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