Accessible Properties is the most successful of the six community housing providers to receive grants announced by the Minister of Housing Nick Smith on Wednesday (22 May). “The great news is that Accessible Properties has been successful with everything it applied for in the March 2013 funding round,” says General Manager Accessible Properties Andrew Wilson.
“The overall fund supports a programme of development work worth $18.2 million, resulting in 51 new social housing units in Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington and Hamilton. “I am delighted to say that we have received the majority of funds distributed at this round, and continue to be the most successful applicant to the Social Housing Fund.
“The other good news is the announcement of a new Social Housing Reform Bill in the 2013 Budget which will enable social housing providers such as ourselves to access up to $26.6 million in Income-Related Rent Subsidies (IRRS) over a four year period.
“Needs assessment for this will be managed by the Ministry of Social Development. This will require us to demonstrate that we have adequate systems and processes in place – and we think we are well down the track in meeting these requirements,” says Andrew.
Accessible Properties new social housing is being made available for affordable rental by people with social support needs, and with a focus on homes that are suitable for people with disabilities. Most are two-bedroom units near shops, public transport and community facilities.
Other successful providers to receive grants to build social housing are: Airedale Property Trust, Habitat for Humanity, Whangarei Accessible Housing Trust, the Tauranga Community Housing Trust, and one other South Island provider (pending community consultation).