Helping meet the homeless need in Christchurch

Published: May 18, 2020

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HUD financing one-third of a public housing project in Christchurch has provided three families with the security of having a roof over their heads.

HUD partnered with Christchurch Methodist Mission (CMM) and the Housing Plus Charitable Foundation for families unable to find private accommodation, to have the three two-bedroom houses built in Lesley Keast Place, Hornby. HUD paid 35 per cent of the purchase price.

All three families had been on the housing register for months, and two had been homeless.

HUD’s Deputy Chief Executive, Public Housing Supply, Scott Gallacher said giving the families a home without fear of being moved again, meant their children could settle at school and the families could become part of a community.

Each family would pay income-related rent, putting about 25 per cent of their income towards rent per month.

CMM Executive Director Jill Hawkey said when a family was allowed to settle down, "the whole family is able to thrive".

One young mother and daughter had been in emergency housing for several months.

"I'm grateful for a roof over my head and my child's. Without this house, I would be sleeping in my car," the mother said.

Christchurch Public Housing