Responding to KIN’s latest social housing story, Kapiti Cr Jackie Elliott warns the District’s pensioner units could now be under threat.
And she says the Council has even gone as far as getting an outside ‘consultant’ to look at the 118 pensioner units.
Cr Elliott says: ‘KCDC Management maintain they are unable to sustain the cost of providing the current 118 pensioner housing units and have hired a consultant to prepare a report on the options available to the council.
‘I fear the outcome of this report and hope the ‘outside’ consultant is not used to put a FOR SALE plan on the table.
‘I and members of the public have made multiple OIA ( Official Information Act) requests to Council to find the true ‘cost to council’ for the past 12 months.
‘Each time we ask, we get a different response. Three different sets of figures have been provided so far and it is an absolute joke,’ says Districtwide Councillor Elliott.
‘The Mayor ( K Gurunathan ) alone, also publicly states that it is not the role of KCDC to provide Social housing, it is Central Governments role.’
‘He should keep his personal opinions to himself !’
His statement is NOT supported by some councillors, says Cr Elliott.
She adds:’I am absolutely in support of the council finding ways to continue the super job our community, including many members of my own family, has done for decades to build, pay for and provide much needed social housing neighbourhoods in Kapiti.
Action lacking for two years
Cr Elliott says she agrees entirely that action on the Community Housing Taskforce report should have started the day it was written, and it has been a long cold two-year wait that has done nothing to meet the housing needs of the community.
She adds: “The Central Government public housing statistics are interesting given they show a 50 applicant rise over the same period a recently completed audit of the KCDC applicant register shows a drop from over 100 applicants to less than 50.
“This is half the average (waiting) list which has been steadily over 100 for the past five years.”
Challenge to Compton
However I challenge the Mayoral candidate, Mr Comptom’s claim that only one past applicant has found suitable housing, given their privacy is completely protected at all times. How did he investigate the 50 past applicants? A please explain is urgently needed.
I also do not agree that ‘other districts in our wider region are any example to go by.
In October 2017, Horowhenua District Council sold their entire 115 unit social housing stock to Compassion Housing, fully funded and 100% share owned by Mark McGuiness’s of Willis and Bond, Wellington-based property developers.
According to Levin residents, the management have been more stringent about renewing tenancies ever since which may be causing the extra pressure on the Kapiti public housing list.
‘We are only 15 minutes away. It would be ideal to be able to house everyone safely in the future.
‘KCDC needs a new social housing policy committed to meeting the needs of the community as well as the council.’