August 12, 2021
Maori housing providers to get up front funds
Māori and iwi community housing providers should get a boost from a new progressive partnership approach by the government.
After a meeting with sector leaders in Wellington last night, Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods announced government would bring forward some of the money it already provides to CHPs over the course of a 25 year contract, so they can cover up-front costs associated with new build projects.
The change will be of particular benefit to newer, smaller CHPs who may lack the asset base to secure funding to get new builds going.
Associate Minister Peeni Henare says almost a third of the 60 CHPs are Māori, and a kaupapa Māori approach is crucial to addressing the housing crisis.
Since November 2017 CHPs and Kainga Ora have delivered an extra 8,000 warm, dry public housing places, taking total public housing places to more than 74,000.
The total public and transitional housing funding provided to CHPs since November 2017 has more than tripled and as at March 2021 was $1.05 billion.
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