Council is second largest provider of such housing behind Central Government
From Auckland Council
Council seeks community housing partner
A partnership with a community housing provider could offer long-term security to existing tenants, improved services and a significant increase in the number of homes in Auckland Council’s social housing portfolio.
The Auckland Development Committee has agreed to engage with the Community Housing sector to explore a partnership model for providing accommodation for older people. Through securing a partner, Auckland Council could gain access to the Government IRRS (Income Related Rent Subsidy) which is estimated at $38 million over 10 years.
Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse says “A review of council’s housing portfolio has identified some opportunities for redevelopment that could potentially increase the amount of housing, including social housing that we can provide.
“We are committed to providing safe and secure housing for older people. By gaining a community housing partner we can explore how we develop our portfolio and extend services to tenants. Finding a partner and potentially securing Government funding means we can develop our social housing at no extra cost to Auckland ratepayers.”
Auckland Council owns 1412 Housing for Older People (HfOP) rental units and facilitates ownership of an additional 150 units known as own-your-own units. The housing portfolio covers 62 sites over 26 hectares spread across the city.
- Auckland Council is the second largest provider of social housing in the region, after Housing New Zealand.
- Two substantive criteria to select a community housing partner are the ability of the partner to access the IRRS by being a registered Community Housing Provider and having the necessary experience in the provision of social housing, including tenancy and assets management.