Housing New Zealand to build supportive housing in central Auckland

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10 July 2018

Working together to take a fresh approach to supportive inner city living

Architects render of Greys Ave

Architect's render of the Greys Ave development

To help meet the growing demand for housing in Auckland’s city centre, and the number of people currently sleeping rough, Housing New Zealand is planning to develop a new building on its upper Greys Avenue site to include 280 new purpose-built apartments and on-site wrap-around health and support services.

“Increasing the number of apartments and including wrap-around support services at Greys Ave is an opportunity for us to provide better support to our city centre customers in a vibrant inner city community we can all be proud of” says Andrew McKenzie, Chief Executive of Housing New Zealand.

“It will be a modern, safe and sustainable development, close to central city amenities. Not only will it provide more housing and increase accessibility for our customers, but the support and services they need on site to help them live well in their homes and communities.”

Homelessness continues to grow in the city and partners in Australia, Europe and North America have demonstrated how effective supportive housing can be for some of our most vulnerable communities. Up to 80 of the new apartments at Greys Ave will be specifically allocated to some of Auckland’s most vulnerable, homeless people, currently without secure housing and living on the streets. The remaining 200 apartments will be a mix of state housing and rentals designed for key service workers in the city centre.

This is a significant redevelopment and will take several years to complete. The approximate timeline is:

August 2018 Estimated resource consent lodgement
July 2018 – February 2019 Tenant relocation
March 2019 Estimated building demolition start
June 2019 Estimated building construction start
Late 2021 Estimated building completion and tenants move in

In the development of plans for Greys Ave, Housing New Zealand has sought the input and expertise of many people including current tenants, staff, neighbours and more than 50 partner organisations including NGOs, government agencies and international experts in supportive housing.

The Greys Ave project has the support of partners including Ministry of Social Development, the Auckland District Health Board, Auckland City Mission, Lifewise Housing First and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and we are working closely with them, our tenants and other agencies to develop the right services for the people who will be living at upper Greys Ave from 2021.

There will be ongoing communication with tenants, neighbours and stakeholders throughout the life of this redevelopment.

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Background

The current 87-unit Greys Ave building is nearing the end of its economic life and currently does not fit the needs of our tenants. As the building is ideally located for connection to support services, Housing New Zealand is proposing to build an innovative building and living environment that supports all customers who live there.

Supportive housing offers permanent, affordable housing and offers dedicated, tailored support services that will provide benefits to help people live more stable and productive lives. Everybody deserves to have a safe and healthy place to live.

Supportive housing is an internationally proven way to house and support chronically homeless people or those who have complex needs. Having a warm, dry, and safe home is a foundation which makes it easier for people to address complex issues such as mental health and substance abuse.

Within a safe and secure environment we will help our customers build social support networks and access services including healthcare, counselling, budgeting, skills development, and employment assistance that will empower them and enable them to live stable lives with dignity.

The overall cost of this redevelopment is yet to be determined but the buildings will cost a minimum of $100,000,000. We will update figures as they become known.

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