Two developments are likely to add 120 transitional homes in the Whau.
Kāinga Ora are committed to providing an additional 1,000 transitional places announced as part of the Aotearoa New Zealand Homelessness Action Plan. As the bill for emergency housing in less suitable accommodation like motels hits $1 million per day, the government is scrambling to meet huge demand, increasing the 4,000 transitional places available now.
18 two-bedroom units have been completed in Busby Ave, Blockhouse Bay. As the nation’s largest house builder, Kāinga Ora has been trialling some technologies to increase the speed and quality of its builds, all of which are New Zealand Green Building Council 6 Homestar rating or higher. Busby Ave features Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) panels which are sustainable and constructed off site. It also trialled bathroom/laundry pods that were factory built off site and installed complete. The project also has a small children’s play area on site.
Now the St Georges Road development of 102 homes is being put forward as transitional housing. It has the advantage of being close to Avondale town centre for services and transport. It also has good scale to help with the wrap around services that Kāinga Ora provides to assist residents to find more permanent accommodation.