Healthier Homes on way through government insulation project Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Northland residents with high health risks will have warmer, healthier homes as a result of a new Government insulation project offering ceiling and underfloor insulation.

The project aims to insulate more than 1000 homes in the region by July next year as part of the Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes programme announced in the Budget.

It is aimed at people with a Community Services Card and at risk from conditions relating to cold, damp housing.

EECA, which administers Warm Up New Zealand, will work in partnership with Healthy Homes Tai Tokerau, a joint venture between two long-standing community enterprises - He Iwi Kotahi Tatou Trust of Moerewa and CBEC of Kaitaia.

Healthy Homes Tai Tokerau spokesperson Paul Hansen says the project will focus on low-income homes, owned and rented, with landlords being asked to make a contribution.

The project focus also extends to people with high health needs and whanau housing.

Mr Hansen says Healthy Homes Tai Tokerau will co-ordinate with the Northland DHB, Manaia PHO, the Asthma Society and GPs, who will refer people with health issues likely to benefit from insulation.

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