Housing ministers Bill English & Paula Bennett said on Friday Treasury & the Ministry of Social Development were looking to identify further opportunities for the supply or transfer of social housing.
Mr English is the minister responsible for Housing NZ, as well as being deputy prime minister & finance minister. Mrs Bennett is social housing minister.
Mrs Bennett said in a release on Friday: “Under the social housing reform programme, the Government has committed to subsidise an additional 3000 social housing tenancies nationally by the end of 2018.
“To supplement programmes already underway, the agencies today published a request for information to enable potential providers & developers to submit ideas for the supply of new social housing or the transfer of existing social housing.
“We are asking for suggestions for redevelopment of non-Crown land for social housing in high demand areas, particularly in Auckland, and also what other Housing NZ Corp properties might be suitable for transfer or lease to registered community housing providers.”
Other programmes to increase the supply & quality of social housing places, already underway, include largescale redevelopments such as Tamaki in Auckland, the potential transfer of Housing NZ properties & tenancies in Tauranga & Invercargill and the completion of a programme providing $139 million of capital subsidies to community housing organisations to build 890 new units.
Mr English added: “We are making progress with social housing reform and we want more options on how to increase supply and improve quality, particularly in Auckland.”
The Government wants to hear from providers & developers interested in the:
- transfer or lease of existing HNZC properties & tenancies for ongoing social housing purposes. These may occur over several years to follow Invercargill & Tauranga should the Government decide to proceed
- redevelopment of land they own, or intend buying for new social housing, or a mix of social & affordable housing, in high demand areas like Auckland, Christchurch, the Waikato, Wellington, Northland & the Bay of Plenty.
Link: Request for information
Attribution: Ministerial release.