Shelter is one of our most fundamental needs. The dignity of each person requires that they live in an environment which provides stability and a sense of belonging. Lack of secure, adequate housing undermines family and personal stability and causes physical and mental illness.
– NZ Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Housing, 1983
The Affordability of Housing Committee advocates for affordable housing, particularly within the Auckland diocese.
It has gathered information on
- social and low-cost housing options;
- rental costs and consequences of overcrowding
- the housing policies of the political parties
The Committee has made submissions on affordable housing to:
- The Mayor of Auckland City (2010)
- Auckland City Council on the Auckland Unleashed Discussion Document on the Auckland Spatial Plan (May 2011)
- The NZ Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Housing Affordability (August 2011) (Part 1) (Part 2)
- Auckland City Council on the Auckland Draft Plan October 2011
The Committee is a member of the CHA – Community Housing Aotearoa Network. It is currently working on a scheme to offer temporary low rental housing to those in need.
Committee members sharing Convenor duties at present.
Members: Norman Elliott, Rev Michael Blakely, Tom Cotter, Ausage Fa’aoso Setu, Terry Manson, Rose Lythe, Matthew Paetz