A $300 million funding injection for emergency housing will provide up to another 1400 places for vulnerable Kiwis and “fill the gap” while permanent homes are built, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says.
The Government has announced the funding boost for more emergency housing places, extra support for tenants and more frontline staff.
Unveiling the package at Prime Minister John Key’s post-Cabinet press conference, Bennett said it would give “some of our most vulnerable New Zealanders…the support they need”.
‘Filling the gap’ – that’s what John Key calls blowing $300million on urgent housing.
You would think that after the shambles National have caused in housing that they would actually sit down and listen to the recommendations that Labour, Greens & Maori Party have forged from their People’s Inquirey into Homelessness, but they refuse to.
Paula Bennett will not sit down and talk with Labour, Greens and Maori Party and instead has just thrown $300million at the problem.
The issue here is that after such an appalling track record of failure, why would spending more money on failed policies get a better result?
- This is the Government who throw tenants out of state houses for 12 months and then can’t work out why the homelessness numbers go up.
- This is a Government who use meth testing as way to throw out tenants they don’t like.
- This is a Government who thought sending him less people to Motels and then handing them $50 000 debts was progressive.
- This is a Government who lied about going out to see vulnerable people in cars.
- This is a Government who offered poor people one way tickets out of Auckland.
- This is a Government intent on privatising State Houses.
- This is a Government who promised affordable housing and failed.
- This is a Government who need the property bubble to keep building because of their free market ideology.
Spending $300million on trying to clean up the mess they’ve created in Housing isn’t a solution, it’s just another sign of total failure.