Single men suffer in housing crisis
As emergency accommodation in Porirua gets stretched, it is single men who are falling through the cracks, says Mana MP Kris Faafoi.
Faafoi said Housing New Zealand needed to provide more emergency housing in Porirua.
He said about a third of the people who came through his office were there about housing issues.
Many of those were single men who were living rough after not being considered high on the housing priority list.
Porirua emergency accommodation was already stretched after two buildings in the old Kenepuru Hospital grounds were closed in February.
Aotea Camping Ground is used for emergency accommodation, but if the proposed Aotea Countdown supermarket went ahead, it would close, Faafoi said.
‘‘It will get pretty bad then,’’ he said.
‘‘That’s another option taken away from them.
‘‘There’s such a short supply for people. Those are sometimes the only options men have.’’
Aotea Camping Grounds owner Peter Huntington said if the camping ground closed the emergency housing would go with it.
‘‘[The accommodation] will all have to stop,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s going to have a big impact on Porirua.’’
He said he turned away two to three people a week who needed emergency housing.
‘‘We help the community in a large way. Unfortunately we don’t have enough housing.’’
Huntington said he received calls from the Salvation Army, Porirua Police and other community groups on a weekly basis.
‘‘A lot [of people] come off the street.’’
The camping ground has 15 small cabins and four large ones.
Huntington said the cabins were always full.
The emergency housing situ- ation is complicated.
Housing New Zealand manages the state houses and the Ministry of Social Development manages the waiting list.
Kapi-Mana News had several questions about emergency housing, but neither department was able to answer them. We were referred to Porirua City Council, which said the issue came under the auspices of central government.
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