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In the private rental market, although rents usually move upwards in parallel with house prices, this has not yet happened in Tauranga. Rents remain around the national average: $275 a week for a three-bedroom house. In the six months ending July 2005, the average weekly rent for a similar Tauranga house ranged from $281 in Mt Maunganui/Papamoa, to $273 in Bethlehem/Otumoetai/Judea and $268 in Tauranga Central/Greerton/Welcome Bay.

Stock take of services currently supporting families needing affordable housing

Provider

Details of service

Improved supply of low-cost housing

Options have been considered by local councils as part of the future planning undertaken for the Smart Growth initiative (see page 4). However, as at June 2006, no decisions had been made.

Home ownership help for families wishing to own their own homes

Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZC)

Low deposit rural lending – 3% deposit and attendance at a home-ownership education workshop required; programme is delivered by Tauranga Moana Maori Trust Board

Papakainga and Kapa Hanga lending for housing on multiple-owned Maori land

General lending products, including low/no deposit lending to first home buyers, managed by mainstream banks who have signed up with HNZC; a full list of lenders is available from http://www.welcomehomeloan.co.nz/lenders.php

Habitat for Humanity

Has built six homes in Tauranga with donated labour

Facilitation of quality affordable private accommodation

Tauranga City Council

The Tauranga Healthy Homes project provides insulation retrofits for community services card holders with their own homes

Tenancy Services

Provides dispute resolution between landlords and tenants

Social housing – older people

Tauranga City Council

Has 254 one-bedroom units available to people over 55 years who have not owned a home for five years and have assets of less than $20,000

Tauranga RSA (Inc)

Provides 34 housing units for people over 60 years on low incomes

Baptist Church

Provides 22 housing units for people over 60 years on low incomes; there is always a waiting list

Social housing – people with disabilities

Community Housing Trust

Acts as a broker for private rentals, and provides housing for people with all types of disability

Idea

Provides homes for people with intellectual disability

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