/Co-Housing Community Development Capital Fund

Co-Housing Community Development Capital Fund

Our grand plan is to create a NZ first a Co-housing Development. We have the site, and the dream – now we need to create a Co-housing Development Capital Fund. This is our solution to create affordable social housing solution(s). These ideas are not new, there are many fine examples around the world, and heralds time where New Zealand needs to adopt good systems that will work for our people.  Here are a couple of interesting examples.

http://architectureau.com/articles/zero-energy-prefab-apartment-design-wins-wa-medium-density-housing-competition/

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Solving Poverty, Homelessness, Violence, Depression & Suicide:

One family and / or person at a time ~ so simple it’s stupid!

Consider this my open letter to central & local government and interested parties who want to collaborate & work together… to create an innovative & affordable co- housing solution where people can co-exist in a sustainable and collaborative co-housing community. Price we are aiming for is $250 – 450 K to purchase, including options for affordable long term rental and rent-then-buy options. We are aiming to follow the models that encourages multiple tenancy and home ownership options across the lifespan.  Including, various entry levels of occupancy densities to accommodate say 20 – 30 households in studio, 1, 2, & 3 bedroom units, incorporating common multi purpose areas as well. This project we expect could provide affordable housing options for 20 – 30 households, building cost estimated to be $10 – 20 M.

We have a Dream  –  to end homelessness & helplessness in NZ by 2020 – 2025.

We have identified a WBPDC property, zoned residential, 750 meters from well serviced town, existing services, 0.1720 Ha (or more) elevated corner site, perfect for (4-6 level) multi-story affordable housing development. Imagine a sustainable housing community, of studio, 1, 2 & 3 bedroom units, including community rooftop garden with 360 degree views, multipurpose function room, underground car parking and motor scooter / bike parking. Envision multi-generational living options where young can live cohesively with older people who can help look after each other creating a safe, secure and supported environment where all feel more connected and contributing members of the community. We would be interested in collaboration / joint venture / partnerships / projects.

Who are we – just ordinary NZ  people just like you from all walks of life, many are baby boomers, some are young, all with common concerns and searching for solutions for our housing crisis. Solution seekers prepared to collaborate and work in partnership with others on local and national levels. To utilize the resources, to help enable the creation of a Co-housing community. It is important to be centrally located in our community within easy access to support systems; social services, education, training and employment opportunities. The location of any co-housing development needs to be walking distance to supermarkets, schools, transport systems, social support systems, employment and training opportunities. Location is key; where people want to live, work and play.

Across the road is the new Te Ara Kahikatea Pathway walking and cycle track currently under construction  https://www.facebook.com/TeAraKahikateaPathway/

In addition to recreational developments the massive 225 ha Rangiuru Business Park has passed its last planning hurdle. Estimated to employ around 4000 people, this development is within 5 kms from our property. The following 2 maps show the planned Rangiuru Business Park and the 2 new town developments of Wairakei and Te Tumu. Clearly Te Puke, in particular this property is perfectly positioned to contribute towards innovative solutions the existing homelessness situation.

The ultimate goal would be to help in the creation of long term affordable housing solutions for our people, right across the housing continuum, from emergency housing to home ownership. As a parent of 5 children (some with disabilities) I have struggled to provide for them at times over the years. I value home ownership and worry about how that looks for my children and for those who are not interested in home ownership (understand may not be for all) I believe that a home, safety and security either owned or rented, must be an achievable outcome for all, regardless of age, ability or means.

Current legislation set in the Western Bay of Plenty District Council limited, and permit for the development of 1 – 3 subdivided 1 – 2 story dwellings while observing the 40 % site coverage rules. To date,  there are no known emergency and or transitional housing options or projects in the Western Bay of Plenty Region.

There are a number of people who like me, are convinced that the self-titled “shockingly simple” solution (follow the link below) that uses a “Housing First model” and collaborative communities that work in American cities – then what in the world could we achieve right here in NZ, Aotearoa?

https://medium.com/mother-jones/the-shockingly-simple-surprisingly-cost-effective-way-to-end-homelessness-9f4458fa4ead

Looking for partners for longer term social housing goal.

Ideally, as a longer term plan I would love to develop the first affordable multi story apartment in Western Bay of Plenty, made available for rent or purchase for our more vulnerable community members who prefer to live in studio and / or 1 – 2 room dwellings. I envision underground car parking and lockable tool/bike sheds for motorised scooters and pushbikes, lift access to multiple levels, built to highest standards that exceed sustainable and building codes. To also include a community rooftop garden with elevated 360 degree views including North-East to Maketu coastline.

Our vision is to utilize existing buildings to provide immediate emergency and transitional housing, learning and development place to call home. While we plan for the development of the new co-housing community project  to be built in 2020. Using the “housing first while building on the collaborative communities’ model” to assist into safe secure housing to rent and or buy appropriate for their needs.

 Desired goals are to;

  • Provide opportunities for ‘at risk’ NZ people to achieve economic and social independence, assisted appropriately as required.
  • Enable and provide access to learning opportunities that prepare people for meaningful work and high quality of life
  • Assist in promoting financial literacy, to enable economic stability & security.
  • Assist people working together collaboratively, to create viable and secure communities
  • Assist communities to appreciate and value the uniqueness and differences of each person as valued contributors within our communities and to promote collaborative cohesive living, learning & working environments.

Some examples of how we could do this;

  • Create educational initiatives such as training programs, workshops, school holiday programs & camps,  or mentoring for youth, disability or any other marginalized, displaced or ‘at risk’ person or people.
  • Provide, advocate & network for social support services as appropriate for those in need.
  • Create volunteering projects and sustainable community development initiatives that add value skill acquisition, and well being of others in need within the community.
  • Acquire equipment necessary for sustainable community projects and skill development initiatives.

Actively search for ‘star qualities’ within some of our exceptional people within our communities, across the lifespan, who could be better optimized; entrepreneurs, inventors, creative geniuses, up skill, incubate, enhance with workshops, training, technology,

Perhaps you remember this lunchbox campaign (Seven Sharp June 2016)  to help feed one child at a time? –  one year later and what has changed? Yes, still making and send an extra lunchbox to school every day but we need to do more. One year on and this crisis is even worse

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/caring-sharing-mum-challenges-parents-make-school-lunches-other-hungry-kids

Great things are being done around the country, in New Zealand, within various communities – but many opportunities are lost because they are bound by too much ‘red tape’ and barriers to innovative solutions and progression, meanwhile people’s situation is worsening… people are dying….  from preventable health issues including abuse, violence & suicide.

“We need red carpet – not red tape”

People all need; safe, secure, sanitary & stable housing first – then together we can work on ‘fixing’ things that lead to the housing crisis.