Community Housing Collective

Recording of Kāinga Kōrero – Housing Forum

Topic – Choices in Community Living – 9th May 2024

Watch this video to learn about Choices in Community Living (CiCL).   Taikura Trust share a short presentation to introduce how CiCL works.  Followed by discussion with providers of CiCL.

Choice in Community Living offers disabled people more control over where you live, who you live with and how you are supported. It is an alternative to residential services and is for people with significant disabilities.

Organisations that provide CiCL in Auckland:

Spectrum Care
CCS Disability Action
Taikura Trust
Renaissance Group
Idea Services
Te Roopu Taurima

Community Housing Collective

Disabled people, their families and whānau are frustrated and hurt that their voices are not being heard. If we don’t listen to them, we run the risk of missing a once in a lifetime opportunity to build homes that address true social and economic poverty in our country. Disability Connect is providing leadership on this issue through the Community Housing Collective with the purpose of giving a voice to disabled people their families and whānau, raising awareness of the issue with housing stakeholders and advocating for change with government.

About our Community Housing Collective:

In May 2019 Disability Connect met with two community organisation’s – Otara Health Charitable Trust and ME Family Services – as well as likeminded disability organisations, with a view to progressing the needs of disabled people and their families within the community.

In 2020 our Collective organised a Housing Hui in Otahuhu (click here to view the video) attended by over 200 people including Minister Carmel Sepuloni and Hon Jenny Salesa, raised questions raised by the hui with various government agencies and met with Ministers Fa’afoi and Sepuloni to advance the voice of disabled people and their parents for their unmet housing needs and conducted research to be published in May 2021.







Community Housing Collective Members:

Disability Connect, ME Family Services, Otara Health Charitable Trust, Complex Care Group, Yes Disability, Autism New Zealand, IHC, Cerebral Palsy Association, Te Manawa Respite Care, Spectrum Foundation, Level-up Aotearoa Charitable Trust, Te Ora Puawai, and Auckland Disability Law.

A new large three-story unfinished housing block with eighteen windows on each of the second and third floors overlooks an old unpainted natural wooden fence covered in overgrown weeds and grass and a neighbouring concrete driveway. The facing exterior walls have light green building paper and steel scaffolding which is also on the roof.

Published Research

Our research project was conducted throughout 2020 with the support of Alan Johnson from the Child Poverty Action Group. The report gives a voice to disabled people’s concerns about the perilous nature of their housing tenure and living arrangements and parents’ “anxiety and desperation” with respect to the future of their adult disabled children.

Where Will We Live in The Future – Research into the Unmet Needs of People with Disabilities, their Family and Whānau – Published 11 May 2021

Where Will We Live in The Future – Disabled People and Their Families.pdf
Where Will We Live in The Future – Easy Read.pdf
Where Will We Live in The Future – Easy Read text only.docx

Media Reaction to our report

Social Media Reaction to our report

Paula Tesoriero- Disability Rights Commissioner

Child Poverty Action Group