Feilding man hopes to solve social housing shortage with low-priced units

Feilding man hopes to solve social housing shortage with low-priced units

There has yet to be a silver bullet for fixing the shortage of social and emergency houses in New Zealand, but a Feilding man is attempting to prove that his vision is just that.

Ricky Pene, owner of First Property Consultancy, is launching an affordable social homes project which could see units sold for just $140,000.

He hopes to prove the success of the houses to emergency and social housing providers such as Salvation Army and Housing New Zealand.

The venture has been the culmination of 18 months of planning, sourcing supplies and extensive meetings with community groups, agencies and government officials to see what is needed.

“It has been a lot of work in the last 12 months and a lot of people have shared information,” Pene said.

“What we have developed is a particular standard of houses that are greater than the national insulation standards. Good things happen when people are in a warm healthy environment for a long period of time.”