Healthy Homes Services
In the pursuit of our vision to provide stability and safe shelter for Kiwi families in housing need, Habitat Northern also provides ongoing minor services to help address preventable health issues that can be attributed to a cold, damp living environment.
Tō Kāinga Whare
Habitat’s Tō Kāinga Whare Programme (TKW) – formerly called Minor Repair Service – is a collaborative partnership with the Local District Health Board (DHB) and Primary Health Organisation (PHO).
The programme helps address acute health issues that can be attributed to a cold, damp living environment.
Habitat receives referrals from the hubs, undertakes a comprehensive home visit and then provides a free education kit and undertakes a range of minor repairs to make the home warmer and drier.
Winter Warmer Packs
Thank you to Mercury, Starship Foundation, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and some Local Boards for providing funding and partnering with us to help Northland and Auckland whānau keep warm and dry during the winter months with our Winter Warmer packs.
For families in need we are able to provide a heater, blankets, scoopy to remove condensation in the home, hygrometer to measure temperature and humidity as well as a draught stopper. All packs come with information on how to look after your home and use the equipment. For 2021, we are distributing these packs through our partners.
An independent HomeFit professional from Habitat will come to your home and assess how warm, dry and healthy it is. If it meets the standard, you’ll get a HomeFit stamp – so you can be sure the home is fit for your family.
Don’t worry if your home needs some improvements to make it healthier and bring it up to standard, as Habitat Northern is on the list of HomeFit approved installers and can install curtains, groundsheets and draught stopping amongst other interventions.
HomeFit is an inspection-based assessment of the health, comfort, energy efficiency and safety of New Zealand homes. A HomeFit rating gives buyers and renters confidence that a home meets ventilation, insulation, heating and energy efficiency standards, and gives landlords peace of mind that they’re meeting their legal obligations too.