Supporting Community Housing Providers

True partnerships enable systems of support that are inclusive, equitable and take a holistic approach to understanding the causes of people’s homelessness.

Community Housing Providers play an integral role in delivering public housing and improving housing outcomes for people in urgent need of support. The sector has brought on significant numbers of new public houses in recent years and has a strong pipeline of projects planned or under construction.

Te papa whare tauwhirowhiro o Te Pā Pori | Te Pā Pori transitional housing complex

“Wellington City Mission has a great track record of supporting people to get into permanent housing and back on their feet and we’re delighted to be partnering with them. We acknowledge there’s so much more that needs to be done to support vulnerable people in our communities. This is another great example.” Anne Shaw, Deputy Chief Executive – Housing Supply, Response and Partnerships.

The partnership with Wellington City Mission expanded this year, with the opening of Te Pā Pori, the largest transitional housing facility outside of Auckland. It can provide housing and support for up to 100 manuhiri (guests) and adds to the support offered for homeless people in central Wellington. Te Pā Pori follows the Mission’s Te Pūnaha Pā (shelter on the journey) approach as a transitional housing provider, with support including counselling, budgeting, health, employment and housing advice. It is the Mission’s fourth transitional housing facility, with work under way on a fifth.

During the year we reached the Government target of delivering 1,000 new transitional housing places with funding from the Homelessness Action Plan. We’re now working towards our next target, delivering another 2,000 additional transitional housing places by June 2022.

Te utu i ngā whare o Salvation Army| Funding Salvation Army developments

Innovative funding helped get two new Salvation Army developments started at Westgate and Flatbush, delivering 68 new public housing places for Aucklanders, their whānau and tamariki. While much of the operating funding for the developments was provided by Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga, the projects got off to a quick start with initial funding from the Salvation Army and an impact investment through the Salvation Army Community Bond.

This was the first such bond arranged by Community Finance, an impact investment platform that is committed to driving growth in community housing. Funders like Community Finance provide a source of finance to Community Housing Providers, which sometimes struggle to meet criteria for conventional bank loans while they build scale.

“Innovative financing has a key role to play in helping speed up delivery of public housing for partners such as the Salvation Army.” This is a win-win for all parties – the community housing provider gets access to the capital to build more homes and investors get a competitive return while knowing the funds are being used to address housing needs in the community.” Anne Shaw, Deputy Chief Executive – Housing Supply, Response and Partnerships.

Find out more about partnering with us on our partnerships page.

Published: November 18, 2021