rent to own


PHOTO: Kaitaia rent to own scheme 

A Kaitaia housing project that sees homeless families rent to own their own home is being touted as a solution the housing crisis.

He Korowai Trust is taking state houses set for demolition and using them to house those in need.

Hayleigh Tata-Te Hira lived in a car for four months before moving into the site in the Northland town.

Ms Tata-Te Hira, the single mother of six is one of 18 homeless families that have moved into the village and are on track to owning their own home.

“It’s an opportunity for people to break free of the shackles of state housing dependence and hop onto home ownership,” said Ms Tata-Te Hira.