Better use of land a good way to get on top of housing supply in Auckland
Recently a presentation was given where four houses (especially large Housing New Zealand single homes on large plots of urban land) could be turned into 18 warm and dry homes which is something Auckland sorely needs with its population growth continuing to boom
From the 18:4 Housing Solution Presentation
A real solution to Auckland’s housing crisis
Building homes you can afford in places you need to be
We all know the answer to Auckland’s housing crisis – build more homes that people can afford. But there’s more to it than that. We need to build homes where people want to live: in their current communities and close to their place of work.
Auckland’s population has risen by about 90,000 in the past couple of years. That’s equal to the population of Invercargill and Whanganui combined. And with the average house price in Auckland now close to a million dollars, and the average rent over $500 per week, finding safe, dry, affordable housing is proving difficult for Aucklanders from all walks of life.
Auckland Community Housing Providers’ Network (ACHPN) have created a solution that ticks all the boxes. ‘18 for 4’ is a new campaign, a driving force to enable people of all demographics to keep calling Auckland home.
Why the name? Each building project will involve transforming four houses (likely Housing NZ stock) in existing communities into 18 homes for all kinds of people, from those on low incomes through to those wanting to get onto the property market.
This opens up locations across the city – rather than forcing new build projects to stay on the periphery of Auckland’s outermost suburbs. People can live near their work, near their children’s school, and near their family and community.
There’s more number crunching in the project beyond the name itself. Every new 18 for 4 development will incorporate:
- Eight homes for social housing to address the issues of homelessness and overcrowding
- Six homes for assisted homeownership, including rent to buy and shared equity to help young families into homeownership
- Four homes for ‘normal’ private sale, with profits going back into more community housing
These houses will be one, two and three bedroom homes, in well-designed, medium density developments.
“It’s a no brainer,” says Peter Jeffries, CEO of CORT Community Housing and 18 for 4 spokesperson. “The Government, through Housing New Zealand, own 27,537 homes in Auckland. They are the largest property owner in the city and have several sites where community housing providers can build quality, affordable housing close to public transport and people’s places of work.
“Community housing is about developing community-based solutions to address housing issues and providing affordable, healthy, quality housing choices across the housing continuum.
“The community housing sector has a proven track record with Waimahia Inlet and other projects and are a safe pair of hands – we’re regulated beyond state or private landlords to be ‘good landlords’ and are responsive to iwi and other community groups, being part of the communities in which we operate.
“We could start tomorrow.”
With the right approach, this process will be able to produce great outcomes for Auckland (and for Aucklanders), where social housing is in high demand and homelessness is perpetually on the rise.
18 for 4 can be that approach.
Auckland Community Housing Providers’ Network
The Auckland Community Housing Providers’ Network is made up of long-established, proven and reliable community-based organisations with long track records of offering housing choice for people and reinvesting surpluses back into the community through the development of more warm, safe, dry homes. Affiliated organisations include:
- Accessible Properties
- Airedale Property Trust and Lifewise
- Auckland Community Housing Trust
- Bays Community Housing Trust
- Community of Refuge Trust
- Habitat for Humanity (Auckland)
- Keys Social Housing
- Monte Cecilia Housing Trust
- New Zealand Housing Foundation
- VisionWest Community Trust
ACHPN’s experience and skill base is comprehensive and includes: tenancy management, asset management, affordable property development, project management, social services provision and community engagement and participation. We aim to move people along the housing continuum, ensuring there are choices available to people no matter where they are in their housing journey.
The concept sounds promising and I do wonder if The Southern Initiative (given it is the second transformation goal in the Auckland Plan that includes housing) should partner up. The Southern Initiative covers South Auckland that has large tracts of inefficiently allocated single state houses on large parcels of land. Perfect candidates for the 18:4 solution especially in Manurewa (highest area of over crowding) and the Panuku Transform Manukau area (residential areas in Wiri and Rata Vines).