August 15, 2016
Iwi advice sought on social housing
IHC subsidiary Accessible Properties says it will work closely with Tauranga iwi once it takes over more than 1000 state houses in the city.
The charity, which is already the country’s largest non-government social housing provider with more than 1600 houses, been named preferred bidder for the portfolio.
It beat out two overseas bidders.
In June the charity signed a memorandum of understanding with the Tauranga Moana Iwi Entities partnership, which includes Ngati Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi and Ngati Pukenga.
They will be included in a proposed Tauranga Social Housing Advisory Group.
Accessible Properties general manager Andrew Wilson says it is keen to improve housing conditions and outcomes for tenants.
He says its specialist tenancy managers will act as community connectors to any other providers whether they be disability, financial, social or culture related.
The sale, which should be finalised in October, is part of a Government plan to build up the non-government social housing sector.
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