What is the issue?
We all know how important it is to live in a warm, dry home. But many homes in the Western Bay of Plenty are simply not at a healthy living standard. It is estimated that in the Bay of Plenty, just under 29,000 homes are not well maintained to that standard.
The current housing situation in the Western Bay has also led to an unprecedented number of homeless people in our community, including families and working couples. Last year, there were 470 people without homes in Tauranga. Homelessness takes many forms, from those who are without any place to call home, to the ‘hidden homeless’ – people who might be staying in shelters, or living in a car, garage or sleep out without electricity or water. Living in these grossly sub-optimal conditions significantly increases families', children and the elderly’s vulnerability to winter illnesses, especially respiratory conditions, where the Bay has a higher than normal rate of hospital admissions.
Unhealthy homes and lack of suitable shelter for those homeless in turn leads to extra strain on our healthcare system, our economy and on our well-being as a community. A healthy home for all, one that can provide a warm, dry environment, is a basic precursor for a healthy whanau and community.
How could we help resolve this issue?
Our vision is that everyone in the Western Bay has a roof over their head, and all homes can reach a safe, comfortable temperature of 20°C.
We can assist by funding multi-year programmes that will provide insulation, heating and repairs to households at high risk from health conditions related to cold, damp housing. We could also provide ongoing funding assurance for programmes that will support emergency and transitional accommodation for those in need of shelter.
Who would potentially be involved?
Emergency and Transitional Housing Providers
Healthy Home Initiative Providers
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority
Let’s make sure everyone in our community lives in permanent, safe, healthy homes that allow them to thrive.