How many homes are there?
Eight – the eight units are seven years old and have been relocated from the Linwood Park temporary earthquake housing village which passed into Trust ownership in 2017. All the properties have been refurbished.
How will you select tenants for the homes?
OCHT places applicants from the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) Social Housing Register when we have vacancies. This allows us to allocate our small number of vacancies to those most in need.
Are there any tenants in place yet?
Some properties have been offered.
Where have the units come from?
The eight units are seven years old and have been relocated from the Linwood Park temporary earthquake housing village which passed into Trust ownership in 2017.
Do the units meet the insulation and building codes?
Yes –the units are only seven years old and built to current codes with underfloor and ceiling insulation. We have undertaken landscaping, fencing, decking and other improvements as part of the development. We have carpeted all units and provided outside storage and private yards.
Why did you choose this location?
Louisson Place in Opawa previously had social housing units for single people. Given the proximity to the Opawa School and the local church, this site was ideal for a family development.
Was the community consulted?
OCHT engaged with the local school, church and surrounding neighbours during the early stage of moving the units to Louisson.
What message do you have for neighbours?
All members of our community wish to live in warm, dry, comfortable and affordable housing and to participate as part of the wider community group. We know that most New Zealanders support this approach and I am sure that this neighbourhood is no different.
What consideration was given to designing the housing complex as part of the local community?
The Trust is focused on creating communities. The homes have been permanently positioned with landscaping, fencing, decking and private yards in keeping with the surrounding neighbourhood.