Tammy Ngawhika hopes that tomorrow’s budget announcement will include homeownership opportunities for people on low to moderate incomes. “Before I moved into my own home, I was living in a cold, damp home. My children were in and out of hospital. But I couldn’t afford a deposit to buy a home. It felt like we were stuck.” Says Tammy.
Ms Ngawhika became a homeowner through Habitat for Humanity’s Progressive Home Ownership programme. At the time of entry into the programme, Ms Ngawhika had four young children. Today, a proud homeowner, Ms Ngawhika has completed a tertiary qualification in social work and works full time. Her children are healthy and thriving. She credits her and her family’s success in having an affordable home that is healthy and safe. “Now I’m lord of my own land, instead of being answerable to a landlord.” Says Ms Ngawhika.
“There are many Kiwi families like Tammy and her family, locked out of the housing market” notes Claire Szabó, CEO Habitat for Humanity New Zealand. “If the Government supports a Progressive Home Ownership programme in this year’s budget, it has the potential to help a large number of families out of poverty”.
“At our recent Pacific People’s Housing Forum, the Minister for Building and Construction stated that the government was looking into Progressive Home Ownership options. We remain hopeful for this budget,” says Ms Szabó. “New Zealand has a real opportunity to get housing right for more families. Progressive Home Ownership would help us get there.
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About Habitat for Humanity
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity has been working in New Zealand since 1992. Since that time, Habitat for Humanity has built over 500 homes across New Zealand helping families to become homeowners. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. To learn more, visit www.habitat.org.nz