Habitat home repair gets a $1M boost from the BNZ!

Habitat for Humanity’s essential home repair work for low and moderate income families has received an unprecedented $1M boost from Bank of New Zealand (BNZ)! Read more about how this could impact families in Auckland, the Central North Island and Northland!

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Habitat for Humanity’s essential home repair work for low and moderate income families has received an unprecedented $1M boost from Bank of New Zealand (BNZ).

Habitat for Humanity Auckland General Manager Conrad LaPointe said the charity had been looking at ways to help more homeowners access essential repair work when BNZ responded with a $1 million interest-free credit line.

LaPointe said with over 200 repairs completed during the past year in the North Island, the credit line was critical to help Habitat meet increasing demand. Habitat undertakes all trades work, and homeowners pay Habitat back at no interest over up to five years.

“We have seen incredible growth in this area of helping whanau achieve a decent place to live through making necessary and critical repairs to their own homes,” Lapointe said.

The programme’s focus is on weathertightness, structural elements, plumbing and electricity, heating and accessibility. Lapointe said this work “ranges from disability access ramps to rewiring a home, installing a heat pump or even replacing roofing.” He added that the repair work helped to “extend and preserve a home’s habitability for the future.”

“Often we are working in a house which is home to the third or fourth generation from the same whānau, and they have a very real need and right to remain living there, despite an obvious need for repair.”

“We are very thankful that BNZ recognises the importance of this work, and has decided to make this facility available for us to help more people achieve and preserve a decent place to live.”

BNZ GM Community Finance and Sustainability, Craig Moffat said “At BNZ, our purpose is to help New Zealanders be good with money so they can do great things with it, and we are committed to making a difference in New Zealand’s financial wellbeing with real and tangible ways.

“We see this partnership with Habitat for Humanity as doing just that. The $1 million interest and fee-free line of credit will mean they have the resources and capital to help deliver these great services to even more New Zealanders, and even more quickly.” Habitat for Humanity home repair is currently available in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Hawke’s Bay, and Gisborne, with plans to expand through New Zealand. For more information about how to apply in Auckland, see www.habitatauckland.org.nz/home-repair-programme In the Central North Island, see www.habitatcni.org.nz

BNZ – External Communications Consultant- Sam Durbin

Mob: 027 5294342

Email: Sam_Durbin@bnz.co.nz

Habitat Auckland – General Manager- Conrad LaPointe

Mob: 027 239 1082

Email: Conrad.lapointe@habitat.org.nz

 

Great turn out for Home Repair Workshop run by Habitat for Humanity Auckland!

‘Knowledge is power, I feel so empowered!’

‘This is just one of the lovely comments we got as feedback from our first Home Repair Workshop in June, 2019.

The interactive sessions included plumbing, repairs/maintenance and electrical work.
Most of the attending whanau had already received repairs to their homes by Habitat and were hugely appreciative with the work that they had received from Habitat. 

The goal of the day was to provide valuable basic knowledge and skills the attendees could take back to their homes and whanau and put into action.
The feedback of the day was tremendous with participants saying they felt empowered and confident to tackle tasks in their home that they had previously found overwhelming.

‘Thank you Habitat for everything I have learnt today. Amazing generous people who fixed my whare, keep up the excellent work’.

‘What can I say, this field of service is effective for all of us to be educated by your expertise. I am so proud to participate in this workshop. I would recommend it to everyone’.

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We believe there is a crisis in housing. The escalating cost of housing means many Kiwis cannot afford to buy a home. What was once considered to be the Kiwi birthright, the right to own a home is lost for many families. The Government has committed to KiwiBuild, the building of 100,000 houses. We believe that housing availability alone, however, does not change the fact that the cost of entry to these houses is unaffordable for many households. We want the government to help fund a rent-to-buy scheme that would allow many more low-income families into their own homes. Everyone deserves a home they can call their own!

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We’re calling on the Government to support KiwiBuy, the Affordable Home Ownership Initiative, and offer pathways to home ownership for families. These pathways are proven and tested models like Progressive Home Ownership and Shared Ownership already available across Aotearoa New Zealand through providers such as the Housing Foundation and Habitat for Humanity, and you can help by signing the petition for KiwiBuy click on the link below.

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Right now, New Zealand’s housing market doesn’t deliver for everyone. 
That’s why Habitat for Humanity has joined forces with the Auckland Community Housing Providers’ Network. ACHPN is committed to promoting initiatives and projects that increase the supply of affordable, healthy, and quality housing options for the people of Auckland.

Across our network, we offer affordable rentals, home ownership options, social housing and emergency housing.

We are from the community, for the community. We work to support healthy families and communities by finding ways to deliver warm, dry and safe homes.

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