The Bays Community Housing Trust was set up in 2004 in affiliation with Long Bay Baptist Church. We offer affordable, good quality housing on Auckland’s North Shore for those in social and economic need.
Our aim is to provide more than just the basic need of housing. We value healthy communities and social inclusion, we strive to help our tenants become empowered and gain the confidence to be independent. Housing is available to all those who need it.
How We Help
We aim to provide more than just the basic need of housing. The most effective way to empower and promote longer-term independence and wellbeing for vulnerable people is to connect them with their communities. We have Community Development Co-ordinators in place to work with tenants to achieve this by facilitating and creating ‘micro-communities’ of tenants
Our CDCs proactively seek out isolated residents and identify areas of support needed, and connect our tenants with groups and organisations in the local community (churches, clubs, etc.) in order to help tenants build relationships in the community.
We actively seek out isolated residents and identify their individual needs and strengths using the Te Whare Tapa Wha model.
We facilitate the development of micro-communities of tenants, helping to connect individual tenants with each other and empower these groups to become self-reliant and independent.
We identify and build relationships with groups and organisations in our tenants’ local communities to help our tenants connect with and participate in their communities.
We work alongside other community housing providers and mental health providers, such as Equip, Connect, and WDHB, to help give holistic support to our tenants’ wellbeing.
To provide suitable housing on the North Shore for people in social or economic need.
To focus on people who have experienced mental ill health, as well as young people and the elderly.
To support recovery for those struggling with mental health issues by connecting tenants to providers such as Equip and Connect Supporting.
To support the development of healthy friendships, neighbourhoods and communities.
Bays Community Housing Trust was set up in 2004 by members of Long Bay Baptist Church. Our initial focus was on people who have experienced mental ill health, and we have recently included the provision of housing for young people and the elderly.
Through the support from Housing New Zealand and a range of other groups, including Equip and the Community of Refuge Trust (CORT), the Trust now owns thirteen one-bedroom units and eight houses, and leases twelve units from Housing New Zealand.