A great artcile here from Ro Cambridge in Nelson Mail
We need a government sector which will invest further in state houses. We need funds from Housing NZ Loans invested back into social housing provision which is for capital development of further provision for those in need. We need the real estate world to give something back from the the $B's they have creamed off ordinary NZ'rs as well as many foreign investors.
I continue to be appalled that the Accommodation Supplement paid directly to landlords/investors now is worth upwards of $2B per year!
The investor's are laughing all the way to you know where....
Here in Nelson these issues are just as relevant.
We need a robust Affordable Housing Strategy and an implementation plan in place within the year to begin to address affordability here in Nelson - one of the least affordable provincial cities in NZ and has been for at least 15 years. when are we going to begin to do something about our issues.? I want to be on Council and I will continue to be a strong advocate and worker for this issue as a primary concern. If we can start to address some of this, then a lot of other social issues start to ease.
Nelson has been one of the least affordable cities in NZ for the last 12 years - not a reputation to feel proud about. Council dedicated $40K for developing a housing strategy back in 2010, but when Tasman Council opted out of match funding, they decided to not progress the plan. Finally staff have been mandated to begin the process. I believe we need someone on council team to ensure that the strategy is robustly developed, and implemented with some measurable outcomes.
I am keen to be part of developing that strategy. Please support me to be on that team to do this job over the next 3 years.
I believe I have the skills and experience, which are a synthesis of
Do you know the definition of affordable when it comes to housing? The basic version - up to a maximum of 40% of gross income, preferably 30%. Anything above is considered to create a situation of "housing stress".
If the median income is $575 / week ($30,420 / yr) then that means no more than $234 per week in rent, or mortgage to stay out of housing stress. How many homes can you rent in Nelson for that?
Nelsonian of the Year 2009
Queen’s Service Medal 2010
Founding Chair of the
Nelson Tasman Housing Trust
Founding & Current Director of Victory Community Centre
(NZ Community of the Year 2010)