CORT – Providers of affordable rental accommodation
CORT Community Housing (Community of Refuge Trust) is an Auckland not-for-profit organisation and is registered as a charitable trust. We provide affordable rental accommodation for people with high housing need. The philosophy underpinning CORT’s service delivery is that provision of community housing is at the heart of social justice and personal wellbeing.
CORT Community Housing today
CORT Community Housing has played a pivotal role in the formation of the Auckland Community Housing Provider Network (ACHPN) to bring the Auckland community housing sector together as one voice.
Receiving the Government’s new Special Housing Unit (SHU) ‘Growth’ fund in recent years to build an additional 31 one and two-bedroom units further cemented CORT’s role in the community housing sector.
CORT’s work continues to focus on the urgent need to assist vulnerable people and those on very low incomes who require access to safe, well-maintained, long-term, quality and affordable rental accommodation.
We both own and manage affordable rental accommodation on behalf of others. Currently we have 223 properties in our portfolio that accommodate 249 tenants.
In recent years, in response to the new housing reforms and the Government creation of the Social Housing Unit (SHU), CORT has undertaken its own property development functions, purchasing land and developing medium-density multi units. To date we have completed three such projects involving two, six and eight-unit developments. In January 2015, we completed 19 new 1 and 2 bedroom homes at Mt Wellington.
Our units at Waimahia Inlet will soon provide new homes for single people and families.
CORT has a staff of seven, including CEO, operations manager, one property manager, two tenancy managers, accountant and an executive PA/ administrator. CORT also benefits from the social activities and support organised by the Ponsonby Baptist Church who arrange regular community activities for tenants.
CORT’s offices are located at 68 Grafton Road