About the Windrush Emergency Housing development
A project of this size and scope is unprecedented in the not-for-profit emergency housing sector in New Zealand. However the impact of homelessness on families, their communities and the prosperity of our country is impossible to ignore.
Our team at Monte Cecelia has worked directly with thousands of parents and children in desperate need of a home. In recent years we’ve experienced first-hand the alarming growth in demand for our services, so we decided that we could no longer wait for intervention from others to address the shortfall of temporary housing.
Our new Windrush facility will provide warm, safe and secure homes for some of the most vulnerable families in our community. It will make a huge difference to both their immediate wellbeing, and their chances of having long-term housing security in the future.
The facility has been designed to provide a safe environment for families, help parents care for sick children, support parents to get the skills they need to achieve long-term housing stability, and provide easy access to support services.
The complex will include 30 two-bedroom units, secure family facilities including a playground and BBQ area, training facilities for parents working towards gaining long-term housing and on-site offices for Monte Cecilia staff so they’re easily accessible to support the families.
The build is now underway, and the facility will be ready for our first families to move in before coldest part of winter hits next year.
This development represents our wider commitment to support the most vulnerable members of our society, and we couldn’t do it without your on-going support.
- Bernie Smith, CEO
month build programme
families can be housed a year
Monte support staff on-site
commitment from Government to lease back units
units suitable for families with accessibility needs
Partners and supporters of the Windrush development
Jim & Mae Weir family
David Levene Foundation
Ministry of Housing & Urban Design
$8.65 Million Loan
Ted Manson Trust
AAA Family Trust
Catholic Caring Foundation
Benefits of Windrush development
This development has more than double the capacity of the previous facility
The development is future-proofed, because the units can be re-purposed as social housing
Having self-contained units – rather than shared facilities – gives vulnerable families and their children control over who they share their spaces with
Resident’s transport costs are minimised because of the development’s proximity to Mangere Shopping Centre
Children released directly from hospital or with other health needs are able to be cared for by their parents in the safety and comfort of their own unit
The on-site training facilities enable parents to gain valuable skills including financial literacy, computer, English as a second language, tenancy and access counselling services
A completely new facility has significant cost benefits because of the reduction in maintenance costs, and provides the ability to consider cost-saving options