Chapter 1

About housing for older people

About housing for older people - Housing for older people

About housing for older people

Auckland’s older citizens include some of our most vulnerable. We need to ensure those in Auckland Council housing have warm, dry, safe and comfortable homes where access is easy and so is the living.

This is particularly vital when the number of older Aucklanders is expected to double in the next 15 years.

Auckland Council owns 1452 Housing for Older People rental units in a network of 63 villages – they are home to about 1500 residents. However, many of the units are now rundown or poorly located for public transport and community facilities.

Rebalancing the make-up of this network means we can improve the quality, location and design of the council’s housing stock. Homes for older people can be matched where they’re needed most, numbers increased to meet growing demand, and more certainty given to tenants.

While better use can be made of some sites, others not fit-for-purpose will be sold to free up funds for redeveloping the council villages.

Acting on Auckland Council’s behalf, Panuku found a community provider to partner the council on housing for older people. In August 2016, the council gave us approval to set up a joint venture company with The Selwyn Foundation and redevelop the villages.

We expect completion in mid-2019 of 40 new apartments in Henderson. The apartments on Henderson Valley Road represent a new style of housing purpose-built for older people.

Under the joint venture, we’ve also established Haumaru Housing to manage the operations of the council network. For information about placements in the units, or any other enquiries, visit Haumaru Housing at Auckland Council.