Pacific Social Housing
One of the key objectives of the Government’s Social Housing Reform Programme is to encourage more diverse ownership of social housing. This involves transferring ownership and management of some of Housing New Zealand houses and tenancies to registered Community Housing Providers who can provide social housing to people who are most in need of housing for as long as they need it.
Pacific organisations are interested in becoming Community Housing Providers able to offer social housing to Pacific families and communities. Over the last 12 – 18 months, the Ministry for Pacific Peoples Pacific Social Housing Project has contracted providers to work with several Pacific organisations to prepare them to be registered as Community Housing Providers with Community Housing Regulatory Authority. The Pacific organisations receiving Ministry support are:
- Penina Health Trust
- Alliance Community Initiatives Trust
- Cook Island Development Agency New Zealand and
- Totara Seed Trust.
Penina Health Trust became the first Pacific organisation to be registered as a Community Housing Provider and a provider for transitional housing. The remaining Pacific organisations continue to receive Ministry support towards Community Housing Providers registration.