From 21 February 2020 Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust (OCHT) will commence removal of the remaining 34 Canterbury Earthquake Temporary Accommodation units from Linwood Park. These homes will be removed over a three-four month period.
The units which are eight years old, were built in 2011 by the Ministry Business Innovation and Employment to house residents requiring temporary accommodation during the rebuild of their earthquake damaged properties. The properties were never intended to be a permanent fixture at the Park. They were then sold to the Christchurch City Council who subsequently gifted them to OCHT in 2017 as part of the capitalisation transfer.
OCHT has worked with charitable entities in the community housing sector to find long term use for this housing. The Christchurch Methodist Mission has purchased 16 homes for use as social housing and the remaining 18 homes will be relocated to other OCHT sites. OCHT are now investigating potential site options. Eight units from the Park were relocated and permanently reinstated in Opawa in January 2019.
“The relocatable homes provided a safe haven for residents after the earthquakes but the requirement for temporary housing has now reduced. There is only one tenant that has a Canterbury Earthquake Temporary Accommodation tenancy and there are no people on the Linwood Park waiting list for temporary earthquake accommodation. It is now time for the Park to be handed back to Linwood residents for their use and enjoyment. The Trust is working with all eligible tenants currently living in houses on Linwood Park to find suitable alternative accommodation,” said Cate Kearney Chief Executive of the Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust.
22 of the units are currently tenanted with 16 of these tenancies being fixed term tenancy agreements that finish in January 2020. OCHT is working closely with tenants, MSD and Kainga Ora to ensure all tenants have alternative accommodation by February 2020.
Following removal of the houses, Christchurch City Council will restore the Park to its original condition.