Council Celebrates Housing Funding | Scoop News

Council Celebrates Housing Funding | Scoop News

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Council is welcoming the announcement by Infrastructure
Minister Shane Jones of $7.78m from the COVID-19 Response
and Recovery Fund toward the development of social and
affordable housing in Ruapehu.

Mayor Don Cameron said
Council wanted to thank Minister Jones for recognising the
housing challenges facing rural communities like
Ruapehu.

“The housing crisis is a national crisis and
is not limited to the big cities.

The funding is great
news and will allow Council to start working with other
partners on addressing our housing issues,” he
said.

“Ruapehu has a wide range of housing problems
affecting all sectors of our community from homelessness,
overcrowding and unaffordability through to a shortage of
housing for essential workers and others.

The lack of
suitable housing is proving to be a real handbrake on our
economic growth and social wellbeing.

This funding
will enable Council to get vacant council land ready for
housing development and then partner with others which could
include Government agencies such as Kainga Ora, community
housing providers, iwi or private investors to undertake the
housing build in stages over the next few
years.

Initially we are planning to undertake a small
proof of concept housing project in Taumarunui however there
are also options in Ohakune and Raetihi.

We are
looking to have civil works starting around March 2021 for
first site and first proof of concept homes around June-
October 2021,” he said.

Mayor Cameron said that the
investment will help to underpin Ruapehu’s recovery from
the impact of COVID-19 providing job and training
opportunities including for our rangatahi while supporting
wider economic activity.

We are very excited for the
timely boost that this will mean for our business community
and the flow-on effect it will have for our whanau and
communities,” he
said.

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