It has now been over a year since the successful Cosy Homes Symposium. This is a brief update to let you know where we are up to. The steering group formed at the symposium has met on numerous occasions and achieved a number of tasks outlined below.
We have had Skype interviews with both: Phil Squires, CEO of the Sustainability Trust, Wellington; and Chris Farrelly, Chair of Healthy Homes Tai Tokerau, CEO of Manaia Health PHO, Northland. Both of these organisations are working towards similar goals but using two very different models. They have given the steering group significant insight and the discussion on possible models continues.
As a result of the Skype interview and with the financial support of EECA, both Chris Farrelly and Robert Linterman EECA came to Dunedin in March 2014, to further the conversation and promote the concept to some key organisations. This resulted in the formation of the Governance Group.
A Governance Group has been formed with members from; Dunedin City Council, Otago Regional Council, Southern District Health Board, Presbyterian Support Otago, Blueskin Resilience Community Trust, Council of Social Services Otago, ACC, Otago Property Investors Ass., Ministry of Social Development, Housing NZ, University of Otago, Anglican Family Care and Energy Matters. There has been robust discussion as to the final structure of this group with a possible model of a smaller governance group and a larger reference/advisory/implementation group. The establishment of a Trust, which will act as the conduit for funding, has been considered and a draft deed is currently being worked on.
Considerable work has gone into developing the bones of documents for the trust. The governance group has acquired funding from the DCC, ORC and EECA to seek Request for Proposals (below) to complete the following work.
- Marketing plan with key actions, target dates and responsible parties
- Work Plan with key actions, target dates and responsible parties.
- Funding plan with key actions, target dates and responsible parties. This plan will also detail the Trust’s handling of money and audit processes, and will be informed by potential funders, sponsors and central and local government budget processes.
- Development of a draft job description for a Cosy Homes coordinator / CEO
- Complete final draft of strategic documents
Please ensure that this information is passed onto those who may have an interest in the work.
With the support of EECA, Otago Community Trust and the DCC there was in excess of 500 houses insulated last year at no cost to the owner or landlord. Alongside this there was the DCC rates scheme and the usual EECA subsidised work. This financial year we aim to insulate 1200 house for those who have a community services card and are high users of the health system.
Cosy Homes is a real team effort; the basis of this is the work that came out of the Cosy Home Symposium which captured the thinking of so many of you. We will keep you informed as we progress.