In 2007, the Queenstown Lakes District Council recognised an issue in the lack of affordable housing and acted upon it by initiating the formation of the Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust (QLCHT). QLCHT is an independent, not for profit, community owned organisation.
Our vision is to transform the lives of committed people in our district by providing them an opportunity to secure an affordable place to call home.
While there is a steady stream of people wanting to move into our district, an unusually high percentage of these people leave the district after 12-18 months. The reasons cited are often due to the high living costs and lack of suitable housing.
We provide a range of housing programmes, each carefully designed to assist eligible low to moderate income households who contribute to the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of this district, and are genuinely struggling to commit to the area due to housing stress.
It takes a team
There are a number of people and organisations who support the work of QLCHT, so that we can continue to provide decent and affordable housing for our community.
We have a small but hard working team which manages the daily operations of QLCHT. This team ensures that our organisation serves the community in a way that fully supports the Trust's purpose and vision.
QLCHT is governed by a board of six Trustees, who between them provide a wide range of expertise and skills. This includes legal, financial and property professionals, as well as people who feel and understand the heartbeat of the community.
We remain grateful to a large number of organisations that support QLCHT and our community. In particular, the Queenstown Lakes District Council who facilitates a significant portion of our capital funding.