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MPP one step closer to new housing deal for Pacific communities

Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito Su'a William Sio announces they're one step closer to achieving a new housing deal for Pasifika communities.
Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito Su’a William Sio says the Government are one step closer to achieving a new housing deal for Pasifika communities.  PHOTO // RNZ

Today the Government has taken a key step to support Pacific people to becoming Community Housing providers, says the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio.

“This will be great news for Pacific communities with the decision to provide Pacific Financial Capability Grant funding and a tender process to build capability in the community.

“This funding and the opening of the tender process is an important goal for the new Pacific Housing initiative and is part of this Government’s response to the growing housing needs in New Zealand,” says Aupito.

Today’s announcement includes:

  • opening the Pacific Financial Capability Grant funding to enable Pacific organisations to deliver financial capability programmes, tools and resources to Pacific communities; and
  • opening the tender process to identify a provider to support Pacific organisations to become registered Community Housing Providers.

“It is important government agencies work collaboratively to deliver the best outcomes for our communities.”

Applications for the Financial Capability Grants and tender process will close in early April, with an evaluation process to follow before successful providers are announced in mid-2021.

Aupito says, “affordable, quality housing is absolutely critical to the health and wellbeing of our Pacific families and communities.”

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