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Presentation made to the AGM of Community Housing Aotearoa in November 2010.

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CHA-2010

  1. 1. CHA AGM 20112010 – a watershed year? PLUS Aug-Sept 2010 July-Aug 2010 CHA Govt-appointed Right to Housing Maori Housing Housing - Human Rights recommendations Shareholders’ Commission Advisory Group … and whatever the Minister said earlier today!
  2. 2. • Current levels of commitment to social housingRight to Housing - “fall well short of international standards” Human Rights Commission • Calls for an increase in the supply and diversity of social housing provision - “including through partnerships between central and local government and civil society ” • Said the ability of third parties to supply social MinisterialHousing Advisory housing has been limited as a consequence of Group current policy settings. Many countries are grappling with similar issues but NZ has failed, as yet, to adopt or vigorously pursue some of the pathway strategies observed offshore. • A vision that is worth reading in full, and that includes: A future in which all providers of social housing play to their natural strengths, concentrating on core activities that they do best.
  3. 3. Housing issues on the move?:CHA’s critical engagement… + survey • Housing is a primary determinant of health and well-being – it is indivisible from other rights July-Aug 2010 • Too often the right to housing is interpreted in aRight to Housing narrow or restrictive sense + some of the- Human Rights ‘language sets’ applied to housing can be a Commission concern • State Housing = Public Housing, whereas CH = missing piece of housing jigsaw • Elements of: Accessibility / Affordability / Habitability / Location plus Types of Tenure / Costs of Services / Cultural Adequacy • Need for further investigation by HRC 3
  4. 4. Housing issues on the move?:CHA’s critical engagement… + survey • Not enough done to examine innovative Aug-Sept 2010 approaches to social (non-market) housing Govt-appointed • Missed opportunity to expand on ‘social landlord’ Housing aspects versus ‘public sector landlord’ Shareholders’ Advisory Group • Little regard for the existence of a nascent Maori housing ‘sector’ as one of several ‘niches’ • Agreement that organisational arrangements, behaviour and priorities need to change and full support for a strengthened provider base for servicing the ‘social sector’ of housing 4
  5. 5. What now? Feedback from CHA members and from CHA’s 20 page submission was picked up on (as released 19 October) On Labour Weekend (24 October) an additional report was released: Implications of Stakeholder Feedback • It placed an emphasis on developing “credible, private sector providers of scale” (page 5) • The ability of NGOs to contribute across the whole housing spectrum was recognised (page 6) • The timeframe for NGOs/ community organisations to gain scale is given as 5 to 10 years
  6. 6. What now? The key passage for CHA… A solid foundation of skills and preparedness is there to be developed given: • the right policy environment • an intention to develop, not frustrate and fragment, third- party providers • Innovative schemes to strengthen the financial resources (Profit and Loss, and balance sheet) of “approved” organisations. • Building the sector’s capabilities and balance sheet remains a key recommendation. • THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAIL …
  7. 7. The big picture… PRIVATE PUBLIC Community Social housing
  8. 8. Now is the time to build on strategic planning (Sept. 2010)… with solidstarting points… A NEW working vision being finalised: Arriving at a ‘shared high level aspiration’ e.g. CHA’s vision/ is: … to extend and strengthen housing options designed to meet the needs of every person and every community in Aotearoa New Zealand (compares well to earlier emphasis on broader choice & strength)
  9. 9. Now is the time to build on strategic planning (Sept. 2010)… with solidstarting points… A NEW working mission being finalised: CHA’s mission is: … to grow the community housing sector by demonstrating and reinforcing the ability of community-oriented housing organisations to collectively contribute to ambitious growth targets for the provision of recognised and diverse housing options that have proven advantages over existing models; together operating as an enterprising, viable and socially motivated segment of the overall housing sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  10. 10. What we want to build & promotewith you… One solid foundation + many rooms with many doors
  11. 11. Now is the time to get the foundation or ‘platform principles’ right… Constructive critic & Carrying forward well- conscience known kaupapa Continuity & Connecting consistency capacity/ capabilities Credible Creating conduit clarity Advocacy needs Substance … and the right ATTITUDE from the ground up
  12. 12. Now is the time to build on strategic planning (Sept. 2010)… The policy ground is shifting in what could be a highly promising way. Sound/ visible ‘joined up’ leadership is vital for CHA members to play a role in future opportunities. Getting to the ‘top table’ is happening but it’s happening slowly; time is ticking!! There are actions we can take and are taking in anticipation of CHANGE.
  13. 13. What might happen if we don’t build on strategic planning… Hidden weaknesses/ traps?: • risk of trying to be something we’re not – all things to all people • risk of continually going round and round in repetitive circles • the proposition of what Community Housing has to offer is too ‘hard to grasp’ – need to keep it simple and tap into existing resources (members, research etc)
  14. 14. What might happen if we don’t build on strategic planning… Untapped strengths?: • operating horizontally across many issues and sub-sectors (esp. social services) & within NGO sector for good alignments and relationships • no other ‘peak body’ is seeking to have an open national voice - be that aimed at public opinion or at public policy
  15. 15. CHA AGM 2011Hatching a campaign!
  16. 16. What can CHA do with & for you,that you can’t do alone (at a national level)?
  17. 17. One Campaign vs many WorkstreamsPlanning so far has identified a number ofworkstreams, some of which double as deliverablesfor satisfying our HNZC contract.There are severalemerging themes or strands:• Maori housing / Pacific capacity• Our neighbourhood, our community• Community development through community ownership• Delivering secure homes/ tenure• (Expanded) Warm Up NZ• Auckland strategy• TLA partnerships PLUS … multiple message streams…
  18. 18. 2011 is an election year with some of the myriad opportunities that will pose… SO what do we prioritise??? What comes first… the chicken or the egg?? …the awareness or the advocacy?? ... one overarching campaign or many??
  19. 19. Election year 2008…
  20. 20. STEP ONE – designing our position Work in progress – Grow CHOs An ‘overarching’ poster design – to be used for awareness and identity raising – positioning ‘community housing’ in a creative light Work in progress – Many Doors An advocacy campaign poster – designed to be flexible enough to carry a series of easy to grasp messages
  21. 21. STEP ONE – designing our position Work in progress – Grow CHOs An ‘overarching’ poster design – to be used for awareness and identity raising – positioning ‘community housing’ in a creative light
  22. 22. Benefits ofcommunityhousingPre-requisitesfor communityhousing
  23. 23. DraftRoom for sponsors :)
  24. 24. STEP ONE – designing our position Work in progress – Many Doors An advocacy campaign poster – designed to be flexible enough to carry a series of easy to grasp messages – a changeable platform
  25. 25. Let’s make Wellington the city where no-one is left out in the cold
  26. 26. Houses for people begin with people for Houses
  27. 27. Building secure new lives depends on providing doorways to safe and secure homes
  28. 28. Where will you live when you’re older? Looking for options starts now
  29. 29. Houses without community are empty placesthey are the people – he tangata, he tangata, he tangata
  30. 30. STEP TWO – creating momentum Work in progress - Doorways An eight page quarterly publication – working title of DOORWAYS – first one in December, with ‘themed issues’ in 2011 Work in progress – LAUNCH! HOUSING AWARENESS WEEK 2011 – in discussion with possible ‘partners’
  31. 31. 1 2 3 8Welcome Opening Brief Back columns items Page – x2 (3 cols) Human interest 4 5 6 7 Centre Centre Two Twospread – spread – showcase showcase sector sector stories/ stories/overview overview cases in cases in point point
  32. 32. HOUSING AWARENESS WEEK 2011 ? March 21 to March 27 Media potential etc. • CHA conference – Auckland (Tues-Weds) 2011 • Coalition to End Homelessness Forum –Yes or No? Auckland (Thurs) • Lifewise – NEIGHBOURS DAY (weekend of 26-27 March) + others, local potential etc.
  33. 33. Awareness Participation Engagement CelebrationDecember 2010 January 2011 February 2011 March 2011
  34. 34. What can CHA do with & for you, that you can’t do alone (at a national level)? #1 CHA can be your CHAmpion! … in an ongoing ‘campaigning for the sector’ sense CHA’s Council & staff have started planning ways CHA can within our limited resources be actively doing more to …INCREASE Communication & co-ordination*IDENTIFY Hot housing issues &“how and when” to respond*INCREASE Advocacy & awareness/ education* <* WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE!>
  35. 35. www.communityhousing.org.nz
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