“The Housing Hub” is in the Southland Express

Helping to end housing poverty: Habitat for Humanity Invercargill general manager Paul Searancke (left) and board chairman Les Diack at the opening of the Habitat for Humanity one-stop housing shop, The Hub, at South City last Friday. Whether people were wanting information about renting, buying, moving assistance, tenancy issues or anything housing related, The Hub would be the place to go, Mr Searancke said. “Helping to end housing poverty is the basis of Habitat for Humanity. We saw a need for a housing information bureau, and the opportunity to use this space in South City was offered, so we have set up a one-stop-shop for people to find answers,” he said. The former shop, which had been refitted, had been loaned by Robert Butler, of 46 Degree South Ltd, Mr Searancke said. “We were talking about it [setting up the information bureau] and he offered.” Mr Searancke said if the Habitat for Humanity people couldn’t answer a person’s questions, they would refer them to other agencies. The Hub will be manned Monday to Friday, 9am-4.30pm.