Government investing another $46m into Christchurch social housing | 1 NEWS NOW

More people in need will soon have a roof over their heads, with 145 social houses under construction in Greater Christchurch.

There are 1500 more people waiting for social housing than this time last year.

Social Housing and Housing New Zealand Minister Amy Adams says the government is investing another $46.3 million into 145 new social houses, which is in addition to 163 social houses built over the past eight months.

“The new homes will be a mixture of smaller one-bedroom homes for single people and couples without children, and homes for larger families,” Ms Adams said.

“This is all part of the government’s investment into more social housing for vulnerable New Zealanders, and a continuation of the significant investment placed into Greater Christchurch.”

There are 25 developments across Greater Christchurch including apartments and homes being built in Christchurch Central, Rangiora, Richmond and Riccarton.

Meanwhile, the government’s new approach to transitional housing is paying off with 10 new transitional houses secured across Christchurch, bringing the total to 197.

“These 197 transitional housing places are giving people a place to stay for three months or longer if required, depending on their needs, while they’re there they receive social support and tailored services, and help to find more permanent housing,” Ms Adams said.

The Government’s target is to have 259 transitional housing places for Christchurch by the end of 2017.

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