Housing project includes houses catering for disabled

Housing project includes houses catering for disabled

March 3, 2016

Two government-funded, special housing development projects in Auckland are changing lives because these houses are modified for people with disabilities. 

Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZ) is currently developing housing tailored for people with disabilities in Ranui and a seventeen-house development is underway in Waterview. 

For many people living with disabilities such as Neela Findlay, finding suitable housing can be very difficult. Neela sustained a brain injury after being deprived of oxygen during birth. She has lived under her family’s care her entire life, but now 17 has moved into one of the three community group homes in Ranui where she is provided 24-hour care but lives with her family. She has neighbours with high needs and all are part of a small community. 

“The house is completely modified for Neela’s needs. We couldn’t have asked for anything better, it’s perfect. This has changed our life as a family,” Neela’s mum said to Attitude TV. 

A Tenancy Support Services spokesperson explained that the government has built 1500 community group properties.”

 “Now that more people with special needs are moving into the community out of institutes, some of the houses need to be highly modified and this is not something that the private sector can really provide,” she said. 

“These small developments with just a few houses become a community. We have one young man that lives in house B for example but spends most of his day in house C because he has mates there.”

Two short videos produced by Attitude Group showcase these houses. 

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