The Christchurch Methodist Mission is committed to providing warm, affordable and secure accommodation to those who need it most and ensuring new tenants get the support they require. We are one of Christchurch's largest community housing providers.

Wesley Village, for tenants aged over 60, provides affordable rental accommodation in a village environment. It comprises 26 bedsits, 12 one-bedroom villas, 11 one-bedroom apartments, and Whare Tiaki, a shared supported living home for eight kaumatua.

In addition, we have 15 homes for families in four locations in Christchurch. The Christchurch Methodist Mission provides social support to our families so they can feel safe, secure and gain the confidence and skills needed to turn their new house into a home. Our tenancy manager and social worker provide responsive and dedicated wrap-around support to the families in our housing. Tenants can also access the wider social support and programmes offered by CMM. Families must be on the Government’s social housing register to be eligible for our long-term housing. Because the Christchurch Methodist Mission is a registered community housing provider, tenants are eligible to pay income-related rent only, which amounts to about a quarter of their income.

A range of short-term emergency housing, including social support, is also provided in Christchurch and Blenheim for individuals and families. At any one time, 34 households in Blenheim and 14 households in Christchurch are being supported by the Christchurch Methodist Mission.

We are committed to growing our housing stock.


Housing First

We are pleased to lead the Housing First initiative in Christchurch. The purpose of Housing First is to house and support people who have been homeless for at least a year or several times over the last three years. Its goal is to reduce instances of homelessness in Christchurch to nothing more than rare, brief and non-recurring. The Christchurch Methodist Mission works in collaboration with five other Christchurch agencies on Housing First Christchurch.

Housing First Christchurch provides warm, affordable and secure homes for kaewa, or homeless people, before providing support for any issues they may have. It is not a requirement to be sober or drug-free before a house is offered to kaewa, nor is there a requirement to undergo treatment or counselling.

It is a model that has been widely used in cities across the United States and Canada and more recently in New Zealand in Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga. The first kaewa in Christchurch was housed in June 2018. As of March 2019, Housing First had found homes for 35 kaewa.

The Christchurch Methodist Mission is the lead organisation for Housing First Blenheim. Blenheim has a significant housing problem. The Government's social housing register records 132 people in Marlborough as urgently needing housing, as of December 2018. The number of homeless in Marlborough has tripled in the last three years. Of the number of homeless people, just over half need one-bedroom homes, indicating the need for housing for single people.

Contact

Andrea Goodman
CMM Housing Manager
03 375 1185 or 027 504 6760
andreag@mmsi.org.nz

Nicola Fleming
Team Leader
Housing First Christchurch
0800 43 2424 or 027 641 5607
nicolaf@housingfirstchristchurch.nz