August 10, 2020
Greens keen to boost community housing sector
The Greens have a lifted a plank from the Bill English playbook for its plan to clear the state house waiting lists.
The former National Party finance minister tried to create an independent community housing sector, in his case by selling off large blocks of state houses in certain regions.
Greens co-leader Marama Davidson says she is also putting her faith in community housing providers to fill the demand in the market for affordable homes that the private sector has been unable to meet.
She says the goal is to clear the public housing waiting list in five years.
"Many of those whānau on that list are Māori. Māori are disproportionately represented in the negative impacts, from homelessness, waiting on the public housing register, living in motels that are completely unsuitable, right through to renting and not being able to own a home, and our plan intends to address all those significant issues on the list," Ms Davidson says.
The Greens' Our Homes for All Plan will create a sustainable, non-profit rental sector by offering Crown financial guarantees for community housing providers, including iwi, to build new properties which can be rented out long-term.
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