Penina Health Trust recognises that access to an affordable, safe, secure home is an essential requirement in ensuring peoples well being and enabling people to become both self sufficient and part of a community. Appropriate housing is key to achieving better outcomes for Pasifika and other high needs peoples. Better housing ultimately leads to better health, housing stability, better education, better work opportunities and being part of a community. Community is an essential element in the Pasifika culture.
Penina is working in conjunction with various Government departments and other not for profit housing providers to help deliver positive outcomes for those in need of affordable and appropriate housing as follows.
Our team of dedicated staff with housing expertise continues to grow, as we move to building a pool of suitable and affordable housing solutions for those in need.
On 7th March 2017 Penina obtained registration as a “Class 1 Social Landlord” from the Community Housing Regulatory Authority. As such Penina is now able to work with people on the Ministry of Social Development’s Housing List who are seeking long term affordable property on which they only have to pay Income Related Rent, with the Ministry of Social Development paying Income Related Rent Support to Penina.
In March 2018 Penina submitted two proposals to what is now the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and has now obtained approval to:
- Build 5 x twobedroom homes on a site in Puriri Rd Manurewa
- Lease 12 x two bedrooms homes on the new Wattle Park development being built by Watchman Capital at Wattle Park, Mahia Road
- Purchase 3 x two bedrooms homes on the new Wattle Park development being built by Watchman Capital at Wattle Park on Mahia Road
Artist impression of our Puriri Road development which will include a community Pasifika garden
Each of the above properties have been designed and are being built by Signature Homes based on our specific requirements and will include heating, curtains and carpeting and will be made available to qualifying tenants on the Ministry of Social Developments housing list at affordable rentals.
These properties are expected to be available from December 2019.
Once completion is nearing we will be appointing our team of dedicated client service managers who will provide out tenants not only with property management services, but also pathways to other social services which will help our clients not only plan for but also achieve a better future. Details about how to apply for one of these houses will be available in the second half of the 2019.
However, these properties are only a start to Penina’s ambition of becoming a culturally appropriate and caring landlord. We continue to work with the Ministry of Housing and Development and other partners to secure funding to build larger 5 and 6 bedroom properties with accessibility for disabled people that are suitable for the intergenerational way Pasifika peoples choose to live and we hope to have some exciting announcements in this area shortly.