Sustaining Tenancies extended to Tauranga

Accessible Properties (APNZ) has welcomed news the Sustaining Tenancies programme will be extended to Tauranga.

The Government has committed a further $25.6m to the programme as part of their $300m Homelessness Action Plan.

Sustaining Tenancies is a prevention programme which provides practical support to households to help them retain their tenancies. It aims to reduce reliance on transitional and emergency housing support, prevent rates of homelessness from increasing, which improves well being for individuals, families and whānau - including positive outcomes on employment, relationships, education and health.

However until now, it has only funded housing providers in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

APNZ understands the new funding will include Tauranga, where it has nearly 1200 community housing properties.

APNZ Tauranga General Manager Vicki McLaren says supporting tenants in community housing makes a huge difference to their happiness,well being and ability to stay in the property.

“Getting into a home is only half the story,“ Vicki says.“Staying there can also be a challenge. We already work with local iwi, community groups and social services to support our tenants.

“We’ve seen the real difference that makes to people’s lives.

“It’s great to know that we won’t be doing this alone – that the Government will also supporting people in their homes.”

Just this week the Salvation Army’s State of the Nation report found the Bay of Plenty had the highest demand for public housing in the country.

APNZ’s Gate Pā "Pukehinahina Project" aims to build partnerships to increase supply by at least 300 homes within 10 years, which would improve the quality of housing provided and provide a range of housing options for people struggling in the current crisis.

“These new homes will make a difference to what is acute problem affecting many people and their whānau,” Vicki says.

“We look forward to working with the Government and its agencies to house and support those in need.”

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