Scores register for temporary housing

6:33 pm on 15 April 2011

More than 100 Christchurch residents whose homes have been damaged in the earthquake have applied for temporary accommodation.

On Thursday, the Building and Housing Department announced that 300 homes will be built on New Brighton's Rawhiti Domain, Linwood Park and two other sites in the north-east of the city in coming months.

The homes will replace the 300 campervans provided in Canterbury Park since the quake on 22 February, although none of the vans are currently being used.

The office of the Minister of Housing says 110 applications to use the temporary housing have been received.

Housing Minister Phil Heatley says several thousand people have registered an interest. Many are comfortable where they are at the moment and are just seeking information in case they need assistance later on.

Mr Heatley says the eligibility of 80 people who want to move in straight away is being assessed.

Tom McBrearty, a spokesperson for CanCERN which represents quake affected residents, says the demand for temporary accommodation will increase hugely over the next year as people return to Christchurch, and as the rebuild kicks in.

The first of the temporary homes will be erected in May.