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The saying ‘My home is my castle’ is keenly felt by those striving to buy a house for their families. For some low income families, owning their own home would remain out of reach were it not for the help of the New Zealand Housing Foundation.
A social capital development loan from The Tindall Foundation, with support from other philanthropic groups and central government, empowered the Housing Foundation to help 32 households in Mangere to move from renting to becoming homeowners, and to plan 42 affordable housing units in Christchurch.
Homes are developed on the principles of placemaking – designing and building houses that are affordable, healthy to live in and meet the needs of the community and households. “Successful placemaking results in people feeling comfortable within their environment and connected to their neighbours,” said Operations Manager, Dominic Foote.
This means that households will not only have an affordable home close to shops and employment in cities where affordable housing is in short supply, but can also contribute to healthy and stable communities.
As Gary and Arni Dela Rosa stated when entering their Mangere house: “It’s a dream come true. We now have our own home and a stake in our community.”
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