Planting seeds of friendship at the Dixon Street flats2 December 2016
Housing New Zealand is partnering with St Vincent de Paul to get tenants together for a community event at the complex this weekend.
Housing New Zealand is providing fruit trees and other plantings, as well as supporting some light rubbish collection to beautify the outdoor space at the complex. St Vincent de Paul will then be laying on a barbecue lunch for tenants to kick back
Area Manager Alice Daniel-Kirk is enthusiastic about providing opportunities for Dixon Street tenants to get to know each other and be involved in the day to day life of the complex, saying:
“It’s a great time of year for everyone to touch base and enjoy some time together outdoors before the Christmas holidays kick in.
“As a social landlord, we have all the usual responsibilities that a private landlord has – but we’re also focused on ensuring that we’re linking our tenants to the social services they need and creating spaces for them to connect with their neighbours and community,” says Alice.
More than 100 people live at the Dixon Street flats complex, which is mainly one and two-bedroom units. Many of the tenants are older single people, so it’s important for us to be aware of tenants becoming isolated.
Housing New Zealand recently employed a specialist case manager for the building, whose roles is to connect tenants to support services, organise community events and other pastoral care as required. The case manager spends most of their time at the complex and is always available for tenants who need to discuss and work through any issues that come up.
Key facts Dixon Street flats
- We take the health and safety of our tenants very seriously, and regularly touch base with our tenants at the Dixon Street complex. Staff members are on site three days a week for a half a day – we manage this building intensively because of the volume of tenants.
- After the recent earthquakes, Housing New Zealand did welfare checks with all tenants in the complex to make sure they felt supported and reassured in the wake of the quakes.
- Several agencies regularly visit and support tenants at the Dixon Street flats, including Age Concern, Down Town Community Ministry, Te Wakamura Ahi, Enliven, Capital Coast District Health Board, Red Cross, Plunket and the Hope Centre.
- We work hard to link our tenants with social support services where required and are currently trialling a case management approach at the Dixon Street complex, to ensure those with the highest needs are well looked after.
- Housing New Zealand is working alongside the Boys and Girls Institute, St Johns and Wellington City Council to provide support services and a weekly café for its older tenants, on the top floor of the 10-storey building in Wellington. We encourage the tenants to connect and catch up with each other over a cup of coffee and cake.
- We encourage all of our tenants around the country to get to know their neighbours and we participate in community initiatives such as Neighbours Day. Housing New Zealand is always open to opportunities to help connect tenants to activities and support services.