Winter housing promise
The Government wants to have enough places available by winter to house those families looking at roughing it in their car over the colder months.
Social Housing Minister Amy Adams said a $350 million investment in emergency housing would provide 8600 places across the country and she hoped the bulk of those would be in place by winter.
Adams’ comments come on the back of emergency housing providers predicting more families will sleep rough this winter because of a lack of affordable accommodation. The issue is further complicated by tens of thousands of players and supporters due to descend on Auckland later this month for the World Masters Games.
The games, combined with another mass arrival in June and July for the Lions Rugby Tour, means even motels currently being used by the Government to house the homeless will be chocker with overseas guests.
Adams said she was unaware of any particular spike in demand this year, although there were seasonal and monthly variations.