Free houses? That may be what it takes to interest charities in becoming “social housing” providers:
Trust on state houses: We won’t buy unless they’re free
A community housing provider has told the Government that it won’t buy state houses when they’re put up for sale this year unless the price is zero.
Neil Binnie of the Bays Community Housing Trust on Auckland’s North Shore told Cabinet ministers Bill English and Paula Bennett at their first consultation meeting on state-house sales that a price of zero was the only way to fund both buying houses and redeveloping them. …
The government has had much the same reception from the Salvation Army. Did they do any consultation with charities before rolling out this “social housing” policy?