This is just disgraceful, so many people are desperate for housing that National’s band-aid of offering motel stays has blown out...
The number of families needing Government’s new emergency housing grant has blown out, showing National is out of touch on the scale of the housing crisis, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.
“Bill English and Paula Bennett clearly have no idea how many Kiwis are being affected by the housing crisis.
“They expected 1,400 homeless families to need grants to pay for a week’s accommodation in a motel. In the first three months, MSD issued nearly 9,000 grants covering 2,600 families. They expected the cost to be $2m a year; it was $8m in three months.
“It’s an indictment on Bill English, who sold so many state houses, that huge numbers of families now being put up in motels because there’s no real housing for them. This is New Zealand – we shouldn’t be forcing any families to live in motels.
…hilariously, Bill English, fresh from blaming Gaia and the environment for the Housing Crisis, has said that this blow out is happening because of ‘complex’ cases…
The Prime Minister told Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking on Monday very complex cases were being flushed out, including people who have been blacklisted in the private sector, who have often been evicted from the state sector and have criminal records including drug offending and family violence.
…hold the fucking phone Prime Minister, the decision to throw Tenants out onto the street for 12 months without any help from Housing NZ because of deeply flawed P tests in state houses IS YOUR POLICY!
How can the PM excuse a surge in desperate homeless people when it’s his fucking policies that are creating the homeless people?
Cutting tens of thousands off welfare, putting homeless people in illegal shelters, trying to make the homeless pay for expensive short term motels, refusing point blank to do a damned thing about the foreign speculation, domestic speculation and floodgate opened immigration policy that is generating unstable demand – this is what has helped create the property bubble and Housing Crisis we now find ourselves in.
National need to look like they are doing something about the Housing Crisis without actually fixing it because they are dependent on paper millionaire middle class property speculators to keep voting for them and because National desperately need to keep the false economic growth numbers looking good.
Until we acknowledge that National have no political interest in solving the Housing Crisis, the sooner we can focus on Changing the Government.