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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Evaluating the government’s temporary housing

The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) has released a report Evaluation of the Canterbury Temporary Villages on the temporary housing provided at Kaiapoi, Linwood Park and Rawhiti Domain. The report can be downloaded from here.

The following is an extract from the executive summary:

To date, the temporary villages have provided a relevant and effective service to displaced Canterbury residents with property damage resulting from the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. Village residents interviewed have appreciated the villages for what they are: temporary accommodation while their homes are being repaired or rebuilt. Almost all tenants regard the accommodation as ‘more than adequate’, and the rent as ‘fair’. Property management issues are quickly and efficiently dealt with; there is flexibility around end dates that gives tenants peace of mind if their repairs are delayed. The non-property management services have been useful for tenants and providers alike.

The Report is 29 pages long and contains the following:

Executive summary

PART 1: Establishment of the villages

  • Background
  • Village development

PART 2: Evaluation findings

  • Eligibility
  • Rent and affordability
  • Property management
  • Tenants’ experiences of living in the temporary villages
  • Occupancy
  • Non-property management services

PART 3: Challenges and conclusions

  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgement
  • Glossary

Appendix 1: Temporary village locations

Appendix 2: Layout of villages

Appendix 3: Documentation required by matching and placement coordinators

Appendix 4: Evaluation methodology

Appendix 5: Evaluation rubrics

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