Catalyst Housing

About This Project

Catalyst Housing is a charitable company which was created by BAF following research into the need for affordable housing in Taranaki with the aim of providing pathways to sustainable housing. Our vision is – ‘Within Taranaki those who need it have access to truly affordable and healthy housing options’.

To achieve this vision we aim to be a catalyst for change enabling dialogue and action that achieves:

    • The provision of sustainable, affordable, healthy and secure rental accommodation for those who need it in Taranaki.
    • The creation of pathways that lead to ownership of affordable and healthy homes for those who need it in Taranaki.
    • The regeneration and growth of strong and stable communities and townships across Taranaki.
    • A dynamic housing pathway that enables people in Taranaki to move towards independence through affordable and sustainable housing.

Having been involved as a catalyst working with Housing New Zealand and the New Plymouth District Council to navigate a redevelopment programme within the Marfell neighbourhood we have now identified the following priority areas moving into 2019 – low income families, elderly, those struggling with mental health issues, young people (especially those aged 17-18).

Our actions to achieve this will be:

  1. Advocacy, partnership formation and collaborative leadership drawing together local and central government, agencies, builders, landowners and communities;
  2. Creation of a regional affordable housing strategy;
  3. Growth of affordable rental and ownership stock through renovation and new build;
  4. Development of secure rental, rent to buy and shared equity systems;
  5. Operation of a Navigator role to support people on their affordable housing journey to ensure they are successful.