$99k to help vulnerable rebuild, repair homes

Vulnerable Cantabrians have been given $99,000 in funding to help them plan for earthquake repairs and rebuilds.

Senior Citizens Minister Jo Goodhew and Disability Issues Minister Tariana Turia today announced Government funding of $99,000 to Enable New Zealand for a free professional advisory service on sustainable housing design.

"The Government is committed to enabling older people to remain in their own homes for as long as they wish. 

"This is a fantastic free initiative that will be extremely beneficial to older people who are rebuilding or repairing their homes after the Canterbury earthquakes," Goodhew said.

She said the service would also be useful for people with disabilities.

Enable advisers would provide information on accessible housing plans as well as equipment and modification services that would allow people to stay in their homes.

The Press