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.

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