Where does this leave National’s “social housing” sell-off?
Salvation Army rejects buying state homes: ‘Housing NZ is making a mess’
Social provider admits it lacks ‘expertise, resources’, leaves field open to property developers, financiers.
The Salvation Army has decided against buying state homes off the Government, a blow the Labour Party says is “hugely embarrassing”.
Prime Minister John Key confirmed earlier plans to go through the transfer in January. The plan is to transfer more of the responsibility for housing low-income and vulnerable tenants by selling a portion of housing stock to community providers such as churches, iwi and non-government organisations.
But Major Campbell Roberts, of the Salvation Army, says the church organisation does not believe “the lives of tenants would be sufficiently improved by such a transfer”. Nor did it have the “expertise, infrastructure and resources to successfully manage any social housing transfer of size”, he said.
Financiers and property developers it is then?