In August, the Government established a cross agency Emergency Housing Response Team as part of their extra investment in emergency and social housing, over the next two to three years.
The Emergency Housing Response Team led by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has been tasked with ensuring sufficient supply of emergency housing across the country. Along with MSD and Housing New Zealand other representatives on this team are from MBIE, Treasury, Auckland Council, Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Defence.
The Emergency Housing Response Team’s role is to work with partners, building agencies and other key stakeholders to deliver 1,400 additional emergency housing places across New Zealand by April 2017, with 600 of them in Auckland.
Work on supplying these additional places is now moving at pace with construction on the first site, in Luke Street in the Auckland suburb of Otahuhu, well underway.
This development is being built on land leased to Housing New Zealand by the Ministry of Education. At Luke Street, Housing New Zealand will deliver 43 units for emergency housing. MSD are in the process of seeking a service provider who would be responsible for providing tenancy management and support services to the residents that will live in these properties. Residents will be high priority applicants from MSD’s Social Housing Register. As part of these developments, the wider team is also working closely with keeping key stakeholders like local schools.