The Manawatu Tenants Union has witnessed a growing problem in the lives of tenants.
Unlike other drugs such as heroin,cocaine and marijuana which cause problems for the users, methamphetamine or ‘P’, causes problems for everyone in the home and their visitors.
The increasing number of tenants we see at the Manawatu Tenants Union are always women and their children who are Housing New Zealand tenants.
Unlike the private sector, Housing New Zealand test their homes if they suspect P is being smoked in the home.
If a positive result is confirmed,then the tenants are given a few days to move out on health grounds and their belongings have to remain as they are also contaminated.
One of the concerns the Manawatu Tenants Union is that now those tenants in state housing have to pay the costs of the tests for the home to be decontaminated, which can cost tenants anything from $11,000 to $40,000.
The person on the tenancy agreement is the one responsible,for the property, while the unknown person who consumes the drug may not ever be prosecuted. It should be noted that almost all state tenants are on low incomes and have no way of paying the costs of decontamination.
They have paid a price already, they have lost their home and in many cases have been suspended from ever applying for another state home for years and become part of the growing number of the invisible homeless.
Central government has to take a lead and change the law, so as those on the tenancy agreement, if deemed innocent of P use, are not liable for the costs of decontamination, the user should be made to pay these costs.
This is an issue that has the potential to impact on the whole community not just state tenants.
The private sector has to get involved in this as it will affect their bottom line. P is toxic, full stop.
Kevin Reilly Manawatu Tenants Union
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Palmerston North needs a purpose-built mens hostel run by a trust consisting of a variety of organisations and church community groups.
The current men’s hostel run by the Salvation Army, has I believe between 15 and 20 men at any one time.
I amnot saying they don’t do a good job, but working on the basis of 15 men paying $100 per week each, that’s $6000 a month .
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Even smoking meth can cause a house to be contaminated.