Augustana’s two Bridgewater apartments have been given away for free to the public as part of the city’s “bounty” for the homeless.
The homes are located at 28 and 29 Augustana Road, and the “bounties” are for the last three months.
“It’s a good opportunity for people to be able to say they have got a home,” Assistant Mayor Robyn Fenton said.
The property was previously the home of the notorious drug kingpin, George “Big Bo” Watson, who died in jail in August.
“If you’ve been living rough or homeless for some time, then this is a good time to get involved,” Ms Fenton told News Corp. “You can help us get our streets back to a place where people feel safe.”
The homes, which were built in 2005, were listed for sale on September 2 and are expected to sell for around $3.5 million.
“This is just a bit of good karma,” Ms Mott said.
“The homes were built so it’s a great opportunity to get some money out of the community and it’s also a way of helping other people who’ve been there.”
She said the homes had been “shelved” for about 10 years, and Ms Fenson was keen to “make a positive change”.
“This property has a history and a legacy of helping the homeless in the area,” she said.
The homes have been on the market for more than two years.
A spokeswoman for the Auckland Council said the properties had been listed on its website, but that they were no longer “reserved”.
“The council has no plans to sell these properties, but the council is working with the property owners and the community to determine what to do with them,” she told the ABC.