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UN visit identifies actions for New Zealand to address housing crisis

19 February 2020 – For immediate use

“The visit by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing has reinforced the need to view good, affordable homes as a fundamental human right – and highlighted what needs to happen to ensure all New Zealanders are well-housed,” says Scott Figenshow, Chief Executive of Community Housing Aotearoa.

UN Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha has been in New Zealand since 10 February to gather information and insights into how the human right to housing is being realised in New Zealand. She has released a preliminary summary of her findings and recommendations (Ms Farha’s media release and end-of-mission statement is available here). A comprehensive report of the visit will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2021.

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Community housing providers: government homelessness announcement is the turning point we’ve been waiting for

Community housing providers are welcoming the Government’s announcement of a homelessness action plan backed by $300 million of extra funding.

“In 10 years’ time New Zealand will look back on this announcement as a turning point in how we bring an end to the housing crisis,” says Scott Figenshow, Chief Executive of Community Housing Aotearoa (www.communityhousing.org.nz), the sector body for community housing providers around New Zealand.

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New affordable homes for Christchurch

Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed the opening of the Hornby Project complex, an initiative being delivered by a consortium of community housing providers to provide a range of affordable housing solutions for low income Christchurch families.

Read the press release at scoop.co.nz