Andrew Wilson, General Manager of Accessible Properties New Zealand Limited (APNZ) is delighted to have been successful in securing two grants from the recently formed Social Housing Fund (SHF), which is administered by government’s new Social Housing Unit (SHU).
The SHU’s key objectives is to increase the number of homes for people in need and develop a bigger, more diverse and responsive housing sector, more on this can be found in SHU’s May Newsletter.
For the record, 94 applications were received for a grant totaling $25.3million, and Accessible Properties were one of only 13 successful non-government housing providers to receive a grant, gaining two grants totaling $8.81m.
The first grant was from the Niche Fund ($560,000) and is a $1.3m project to deliver two six bedroom units, or paired housing in a development in Wigram Skies, in Christchurch for rental to a support service provider.
The second grant was from the Growth Fund ($8.25m) with a combined value of the total projects being $20.62m. The projects are throughout New Zealand including 35 in Auckland, 10 in Hamilton, seven in Wellington, four in Christchurch and five in Tauranga. The properties will be two and three bedroom units for affordable rent for individuals, designed to be accessible for people with disabilities and meeting the Life Mark Standards.
Andrew and his team are now busy gearing up to deliver these projects over the next 18 months. The development of the housing projects will be updated on the Accessible Properties website, for more information and progress please check www.accessibleproperties.co.nz/projects.html