Habitat for Humanity
Habitat and CHI
Te Whāriki tū-ā-Rongo (Christchurch Housing Initiative) is a joint scheme between the Crown and Christchurch City Council, aimed at helping around 50 modest income families in Christchurch achieve their dream of home ownership over the next three years.
The Christchurch Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity is running the Initiative on behalf of the Crown and Council.
For many families/households on modest incomes, saving for the deposit is what’s holding them back from home ownership. That’s where the CHI comes in.
CHI will partner with selected Christchurch households by providing them with between 15 and 40 per cent of the total value of the property to “top up” their deposit. This will provide selected eligible home buyers the extra money they need to bridge the gap between their savings and the deposit threshold required by banks and other mortgage lenders.
No interest will be charged and participating households will have up to 15 years to repay the money.
To be eligible for the scheme, applicants will need to have at least one household member in full-time employment and not own or rent out a home.
Following the Christchurch earthquakes, we have provided new homes for 21 families who desperately needed them, resulting in significant improvements in health, security and employment for those families.
Examples of build projects:
A Brush with Kindness is a programme under which critical home repairs are completed for families who own their own homes but need support to address issues of weather tightness, security or safety.
Examples of A Brush with Kindness projects:
How you can get involved
Volunteers are at the heart of what we do. We know your time is precious, and each and every one of our volunteers is precious to us.
Whatever your experience, stage of life, skill-set or passion, we’d love you to come and join our amazing network of volunteers.
We need volunteers in our ReStore charity shops, on build sites locally and overseas, and in specialty roles such as drivers and electrical testers.
If you think you can spare some time to help provide people with a safe and healthy home, please get in touch. Either by sending an email or by giving us a call on 03 420 4342.
Donations are greatly needed to get more families living in safe and healthy homes. If you’d like to contribute to help provide strength and stability, you can donate in several different ways:
- Give a financial donation that will help those who need it most. Every dollar makes a difference.
- Donate your pre-loved quality goods to our ReStores.
Habitat for Humanity ReStores are second hand stores that accept and resell pre-loved items. All sales generate funds to support our building programmes, while reducing the amount of used materials in overflowing landfills. It’s a good deal for you, the community and the environment.
Our stock is always changing as new items are donated by local residents and businesses daily. You can expect to find furniture, clothing, toys, kitchenware, books, appliances, building materials, tools and much more.
Organisations choose to partner with us for many different reasons. It could be because you are committed to being actively involved in the future of the region, or because your organisational values align with our values of ‘building strength, stability and self-reliance’ and providing a ‘hand-up’ rather than a ‘hand-out’.
Often, being involved in a hands-on ‘sweat equity’ project is something that staff love, and is a huge boost for staff engagement and team morale.
Whatever the motivation, the support provided by partner organisations changes the lives of our partner families.
Talk to us about corporate partnership opportunities today.
Our Corporate Supporters:
- (Formerly Buildtech) Home Construction
- Proven Systems
Board of Directors
The Habitat for Humanity Christchurch board of directors is the governing body of the affiliate. Board members are responsible for overseeing the affiliates’ activities and for providing strategic direction.
- Penny Taylor (Chair)
- Geraldine Brookman
- Joel Lieschke
- John Mackie
- Afi Tusa
- Tamai Sinclair
- Malcolm Whalley
- Stephen Roach