Housing New Zealand is building 9 one-bedroom units at 290-292 Great North Road in Henderson, Auckland for the Ministry of Social Development, which leads the transitional housing programme.
The transportable units are being built on Housing New Zealand land and will be in place for up to 3 years. Building is expected to finish by mid-February 2018.
These functional, warm and dry units come fully carpeted and insulated with double glazing. Each unit also has a kitchen and bathroom and will come fully furnished. The 9 units are 28m2 and will cater to single people.
As transitional housing, it’s expected that people will stay in the homes for an average of 12 weeks or longer if required. The surrounding area will be landscaped and there will also be a communal area for the people living there.
While staying in these homes they’ll receive a range of support from provider VisionWest tailored to their needs that will help them into a position to secure more permanent housing. They’ll continue to receive support from VisionWest for a further 3 months once they move into more permanent accommodation, such as public housing or the private rental market.
The Ministry of Social Development is working with community providers, Housing New Zealand and others to increase the volume and diversify the supply of public housing while continuing to support people in need to lead more independent lives.
Housing New Zealand is using similar homes that can be transported in the future, at Luke St, Otahuhu, Dominion Rd, Mt Roskill and Opal Dr in Tauranga. They are also utilising a number of off-site manufacturing processes and technology in its current and future building.