As stories about nightmare Housing New Zealand tenants come to light across the country, Stuff takes a look at HNZ’s sustainable tenancies policy, and what it means for the people it serves – and their neighbours.
What are sustainable tenancies for?
A spokesman for Housing NZ said the overall aim or goal of sustainable tenancies is to help people remain in, or get back to, a state of well-being and help them to lead happy, balanced, fulfilling lives.
The definition of a sustainable tenancy is one where people have a warm, secure and safe home in which to base themselves.
Globally, health and social well-being experts all agree, and evidence supports, that keeping people housed is a starting point to help them deal with complex challenges in their lives such as homelessness, poor life skills and mental health problems.
Dale Bradley, area manager at HNZ, said the policy exists to keep people in a stable home environment as it’s which is the best way for life’s challenging situations.
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