Community Research welcomed four incredible presenters to a discussion about the state of housing research and services in Aotearoa.
Our first crucial webinar of the year – Housing for all – speaking to the housing research landscape and actioning solutions which marked the launch of Community Research’s Special Collection on Housing. This webinar is aimed at all community researchers, housing advocates, planners and councils.
We are planning further discussion on this topic and want to engage with all who are involved in health, housing, and community outcomes.
In 2022, we commissioned a state of housing (Community Research) report. As a result of this report it was identified that a number of gaps exist in the current available housing research landscape.
The gaps identified were:
a) renting/tenancy (aside from older people)
b) lived experience
c) homelessness/ houselessness
d) Rangatahi housing
This webinar was an opportunity for us to collectively ask what actionable steps can be taken to address the gaps in the research and services for housing in Aotearoa.
Aaron Hendry: Youth Advocate. Social worker. Writer. Podcaster.
Aaron Hendry is a Youth Worker, rangatahi advocate, writer, and political commentator on social justice issues. Aaron’s mahi is largely focused on ending Youth Homelessness in Aotearoa, and he is a founding member of Manaaki Rangatahi, a collective fighting to #EndYouthHomelessness in Aotearoa. He is also a board member for Massey Community Trust and has had a key role in developing the Safety Net Project, a community initiative to support rangatahi experiencing homelessness.
Aaron is also the founder of When Lambs Are Silent, a substack and podcast focused on highlighting both the voices and perspectives of those on the front lines of social justice mahi.
Ben joined Community Housing Aotearoa – Ngā Wharerau o Aotearoa, a community housing sector peak body, as a Policy Analyst in 2020. While working at CHA, Ben completed his Masters in Political Science with a dissertation examining how people perceive of their income, where misperceptions arise, and how this informs a preference or opposition to redistributive policies. Ben’s role at CHA has focused on informing the design of services and policies to reflect the interests of our members, their tenants, and a housing system which recognises the principles of the right to a decent home.
Meyer Peteli: Housing Manager at Kahungunu Whānau Services.
Eden Skipper: Kaitiaki for the Tangata Whenua Caucus at Community Research. Eden is passionate about youth, the environment and Māori development. Eden is currently on the Board of Generation Zero – a youth-led climate change action organisation.
Janie Walker hosted this important webinar, and provided evidence from our lead housing researcher Lydia Carson.
It was wonderful to host an experienced group of housing service providers and researchers to this webinar to give a real insight into the current housing situation in Aotearoa.
We are excited to include facilitation for our Deaf and Hearing-impaired audiences, and we welcomed WordsWorth Sign Language Interpreting to interpret alongside our webinar presenters.
#youthhomelessness, #housingaotearoa, #housingasahumanright,
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