Social housing  |  31 Jan 2019

The Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust has opened its first new social housing complex in Louisson Place in Opawa, Christchurch.

Melissa Trinder, Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Alex Skinner cut the ribbon.

Melissa Trinder, the first tenant in the new social housing complex, helps Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust chairman Alex Skinner officially open the complex.

The new complex comprises eight homes which have been relocated from the Linwood Park temporary earthquake housing village that passed into Trust ownership in 2017.

The homes are seven years old and offer tenants a modern housing option. They have been permanently positioned with landscaping, fencing, decking and private yards in keeping with the surrounding neighbourhood.

“The Louisson Place site in Opawa previously provided social housing units for single people. Given the proximity to the Opawa School and the local church, this site was ideal for a family development. We are currently placing tenants in this new housing development with the first families moving in next week,” says Cate Kearney Chief Executive of the Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust.

“This is the Trust’s first development on land that was transferred to us by Christchurch City Council in 2017.

“Louisson Place will add a new and valuable community dimension to our social housing portfolio. We look forward to the first tenants moving into their new homes,” Ms Kearney says.

Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust is a community housing provider and is committed to providing safe and affordable social housing to qualifying residents in neighbourhoods throughout Christchurch city and suburbs. They currently provide homes to over 2300 residents.