‘We are confronted by insurmountable opportunities’ (Pogo)
In an attempt to rework our newsletter into a more manageable document for the writers, contributors and the readers we are moving a few things around and so apologies for the odd layout and long look this week. Please bear with us over the next couple of weeks while we get this sorted.
Brian and Leanne
We met with the Wellbeing Team to question the priorities and work-streams of this arm of CERA. The positive thing to note was that there is a huge amount of research and planning going on behind the scenes. This Team manages many multi-agency forums looking at indicators, priorities and outcomes. These forums provide the platform for what should be better coordinated and collaborative planning and rebuilding. However, although the opportunities are there it remains to be seen if these agencies, most of them used to thinking in silos, can actually see and work with the bigger picture./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
CanCERN COMMUNITY LIAISON MANAGER
A huge welcome to Kathryn Wilson who has been employed for 3 days a week to support our community leaders. Kathryn comes to us with a load of energy, lots of great skills and ideas and the experience needed to bolster our communities. We will be getting her up to speed over the next few weeks so start thinking of ways Kathryn can really have a positive impact on you and your community./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
SUMNER COMMUNITY BUILDING
As you know we have been working closely with Sumner to coordinate a process that can be used by other member groups to get a portable community building located on an appropriate site. Needless to say we have learnt a lot as we edge closer to success with this and we will give you all a detailed report in the next couple of weeks./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
Once again we took up the opportunity to present to the Philanthropy New Zealand. Our key messages were for funders to collaborate together in clusters, to bring local people into the granting process to ensure their objectives aligned with what will really make an impact in Canterbury and to make the application processes simple and timely.
We also co-hosted a workshop looking at how micro-granting could work to allow smaller and less formal community groups and networks to carry out community initiatives. Another aspect of this workshop was discussing how to acknowledge and support community leaders to avoid loss through burnout. We will continue to work with others to progress these ideas./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
We have asked EQC for an official response to the following questions
- How will EQC act as insurer if homeowners opt for Option 2 of the government’s Red Zone offer?
- Will EQC instate a case manager system for those who have been deemed uneconomic to repair so homeowners can negotiate their settlement options?
- Will this be face-to-face, bearing in mind the difficulties telephone and e-mail communications have caused?
- How will replacement value be assessed?
- EQC does not cover out of scope damage so will homeowners be able to claim this from their insurer?
- What settlement options will be offered to homeowners?
- When will they become available?
- Homeowners under their insurer only paid one excess. Will this apply if EQC is acting as the insurer?
- Will this role require new legislation and, if so, how will the delays impact on homeowners?
- How soon will homeowners in this category be contacted?
Temporary Accommodation Assistance (TAA)
The following are the official responses we have with regard to TAA eligibility.
Eligibility if you have moved to temporary accommodation outside Canterbury?
To receive Temporary Accommodation Assistance, the client must intend to return to their home once repairs are undertaken, or for those in the red zone, must intend to live in the Canterbury region once they receive part or full settlement from the Government Offer or full settlement from their insurance company.
Justification for ineligibility when homeowners have settled but are paying a mortgage on land and still renting while they wait for their house to be built.
The Temporary Accommodation Assistance programme was designed to provide assistance to clients who have to meet costs on their uninhabitable home and also pay for temporary accommodation, such as rent or board. Temporary Accommodation Assistance ceases when a client receives full settlement from the Government and/or their insurance company as this is when they cease to have to meet any costs on their uninhabitable home.
Justification for why people are ineligible if they are temporarily living in their own rental property.
The Temporary Accommodation Assistance programme was designed to help clients affected by the earthquake to cover their temporary accommodation costs The programme does not cover housing costs that the client already had, such as mortgage, rates and insurance on their current home or a rental property.
Temporary Accommodation Assistance can be paid to cover the client’s temporary accommodation costs when they have been required to leave their home while rebuilding or land remediation work occurs, or in the case of people with homes in the red zone who cannot continue to live in their homes, until they receive a part or full settlement from a Government Offer, or full settlement from their insurance company.
Temporary accommodation costs may include the following:
- rent or lease costs for rental housing (excluding any service costs), board, holiday park type accommodation, motel or hotels, serviced apartments or marae.
- Temporary accommodation costs do not include costs (such as mortgage, rates and insurance) relating to other properties owned by the client, as these are not considered temporary.