'Fair share' of emergency housing needed

Following the government’s announcement on Thursday that it will deliver emergency housing for 10,000 vulnerable New Zealanders, Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller says he’ll be pushing for a fair share of that housing for the Bay of Plenty. File Photo.

The government has announced it will be delivering emergency housing for 10,000 vulnerable New Zealanders.

While Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller is welcoming the announcement, he is making it clear that he will be pushing for a decent chunk of that emergency housing to be found in the Bay of Plenty.

“As a Government we understand that demand for housing is increasing in New Zealand, and here in the Bay, as winter approaches the demand for a warm and safe housing will only continue to rise.

“That is why we are working to secure appropriate housing for those who need it.”

The government has secured 870 transitional places providing housing for 3480 households a year for around 10,000 Kiwis in need of warm and safe housing, with a further 728 places a year set to be available by winter.

In 2016, the government set aside $354 million to secure 2051 transitional houses around New Zealand to assist 8600 families every year.

This is the first time transitional housing has received ongoing, direct funding from the government, adds Todd.

“Yes, our target of 2051 houses is ambitious, but this government is ambitious for New Zealand and we are 100 per cent committed to delivering real results for Kiwi families in need of a hand getting back on their feet.”



2 Comments

I agree with Waiknot..

Posted on 12-05-2017 12:32 | By SML

It looks like yet another election year promise. Why hasn't this government acknowledged the problem LONG before now? I invite Tauranga people to drive around Tauranga at night to see the extent of the problem - it's increasing in Greerton, with people sleeping in many shop doorways now, and it's coming into winter. This government is doing far too little, far, far too late for anyone to trust they'll keep this belated promise to the homeless situation.

Delivering or ........

Posted on 11-05-2017 21:58 | By waiknot

What's the bet it's just an other promise that can easily be forgotten and broken after the election, just like Turret Rd and 15th Ave that never happened.

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