New transitional housing launched in South Auckland
Pacific families in urgent need of housing will be among those to benefit from 21 new transitional housing units provided by South Auckland transitional housing provider Penina Health Trust.
Pacific Peoples Minister and Associate Social Housing Hon Alfred Ngaro officially opened the new transitional housing complex, at 21 Redoubt Road on Friday 4 August 2017.
The former Manukau Lodge motel has been purchased by the Government for use as transitional housing for people in urgent need of housing.
“We have contracted Penina Health Trust to manage the homes, provide support to tenants, and help them secure and sustain longer term accommodation,” says Mr Ngaro.
“What’s particularly special about Penina Health Trust is that they’re a Pacific provider. While they provide services to a range of clients, they understand and deliver support in a way that meets the needs of Pacific families.”
“This is a great service, aiming to ensure that the most vulnerable New Zealanders will find suitable accommodation. Helping families is a priority, particularly affording them safer and more stable accommodation.”
“This is one example of a step forward in addressing peoples’ housing needs which can often be complicated, difficult and have no quick solution.”
“This transitional housing provides safe and stable accommodation. Support and assistance can then be provided to help them get back on their feet.”
Penina Health Trust was established in 2001 in Auckland with a mission to provide support to families with mental illness and addiction recovery. It reflects a social investment approach, providing social housing accommodation and wrap around services to reduce the long-term societal and financial costs of homelessness.
“This initiative is the result of government agencies and key organisations working together, taking steps to respond to secure transitional housing through research and hours of discussion for planning going forward,” says Mr Ngaro.
Officials from the Ministry for Pacific Peoples, Ministry of Social Development and The Treasury continue to work directly with the Trust to support their housing work for both transitional and social housing.
Mr Ngaro says this is the beginning of work to address housing needs for people in Auckland and credit needs to go to the Penina Health Trust for contributing to our communities housing needs.