Five new homes for people with disabilities

Phil Twyford and Greg Orchard with a tenant outside their home

This September Accessible Properties opened five new homes in Massey, Auckland as part of the city’s new Moire Road development – the first of more than 100 homes Accessible Properties has planned across Auckland.

These first five homes were built as a joint venture partnership between Ngāti Whātua Orākei and Fletcher Living, delivering 200 houses in Massey that will be a mix of one, two and three bedroom homes – 30 per cent of which are designated for public housing.

“Accessible Properties is proud to be providing warm, dry homes that are part of strong, sustainable, mixed communities,” says Chief Executive Greg Orchard.

“It is critical that our homes are part of communities where people can feel they belong, and where they can thrive.”

Importantly, this philosophy sits alongside the Government’s aims for housing development.

“Build the kind of home people need, at prices they can afford, in places they want to live,” Housing and Urban Development Minister, Phil Twyford, announced at the Moire Road opening.

“If we work together, show the political will… we can build more dry, safe neighbourhoods.”

For Accessible Properties it is exciting to be – alongside other Community Housing providers – part of the solution for New Zealand’s housing crisis.

“We know that people with disabilities, older people and those on low incomes are discriminated against in the housing market, with up to 70 per cent of our homes currently housing a person living with a disability,” says Greg.

“That is why we are committed to growing our housing portfolio in Auckland and doing our bit to ease the housing crisis for people in housing need,” says Greg.

The Accessible Properties’ homes currently under construction across Auckland are due for completion by the end of 2019 – including another 14 in the Moire Road development.

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