May 27, 2016
Charity drops state house bid
The Government’s plans to devolve its social housing has taken a blow with Pact Group ropping its bid to buy and manage 348 state houses in Invercargill.
The charity, which provides services for more than 1600 people with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, or addiction problems in the West Coast, Otago, and Southland, says owning the houses isn’t he best way to achieve its goals.
The process to sell more than 1000 state houses in Tauranga is still under way, with three bidders including a consortium that includes local iwi.
The government is also talking to Horowhenua iwi about a proposal by Horowhenua District Council to look at a joint transfer of 115 council flats and 250 state houses in Foxton, Levin and Shannon to a community provider.
The council wants to quit providing pensioner housing.
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