The new Community Housing development on Victoria Avenue Whanganui is a partnership with Wallace Developments Ltd., the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Compass Housing Services (CHS).
The project includes complete redevelopment of a former motel and construction of new units. There are 26 units in total, including 10 1-bedroom units, 14 x 2-bedroom units and 2 x 3-bedroom units. Each unit has its own private open space area.
The development has onsite parking, open space areas and a separate laundry facility.
The 26 purpose-built apartments will be managed by Compass Housing for community housing residents.
Wallace Development is committed to delivering high quality, safe, warm and healthy homes that are available to a broader cross-section of the Whanganui community.
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development is responsible for strategy, policy, funding, monitoring and regulation of New Zealand’s housing and urban development system. It will provide funding for the project over the contract period.
We anticipate that the first residents will move into in October 2020 however, with Covid-19 restrictions in place, these plans may change accordingly.
Due to the typology of the housing available, there will be a mix of older and single person households, couples and families with children.
To be eligible for community housing, applicants need to be on the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) Social Housing Register. Eligibility is based on the assessed need (i.e. priority rating) of the applicant and their individual housing requirements (e.g. # bedrooms, location and modifications).
MSD and HUD are liaising on initial tenanting of the development to ensure a tenant mix that is sustainable for the community housing provider and supports the successful integration of all the residents into their new community.
The selection criteria is dependent on each household’s requirements and housing priority as assessed by MSD e.g. number of bedrooms required, preferred area to live in based on health needs, schools, whanau and family links and wellbeing requirements.
It is expected that many of the people on the social housing register will be currently living in Whanganui in properties that do not meet their needs.
Over the past couple of months, we have engaged with a number of Whanganui organisations including government, iwi, social services agencies and other stakeholders in the community.
We are establishing a local office and are happy to answer any further queries you may have.
Please email initial enquiries to NewZealand@compasshousing.org or call 0800124663