Massive blowout in families being housed in motels – Labour Party


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.

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“Labour will build state houses, not sell them. We’ll end Bill English’s practice of stripping hundreds of millions of dollars of dividends out of Housing New Zealand.

“Clearly, National have no understanding of the scale of the housing crisis and how many families are homeless. It’s another cock-up from a government that has a long list of failures on housing. It’s time for a government with a plan.

“Labour’s comprehensive housing plan will build affordable homes for families to buy and state houses for those in need, while locking out speculators and stabilising prices,” says Andrew Little.
MSD answer to select committee questions on projected demand:


    • The funny thing is only a fraction of legislation benefit the vast majoiry of the voting public.

      If the politicians are out of touch, i wonder how much more in touch are those who voted them in

  1. You can add to the cost. Storage of furniture too. Extra cost for looking for employment whilst living out of a bag for 7 days at a time & transport costs to travel to & from every week to tell them there’s no affordable rental properties, private or HNZ has none to offer.
    Week 4 @ $1190/wk

  2. “Labour’s comprehensive housing plan will build affordable homes for families to buy and state houses for those in need”

    I’m sorry, but I still don’t get this…how is this ‘comprehensive’?, there is a big gap in the rhetoric…the difference between those who end up noticeably homeless*…and those that can afford a $500,000 house…that leaves a big number of people floating around in an increasingly fraught lifetime situation.

    *and everyone renting will end up homeless at some point, its just some have the ability to go home to the folks for a while. But what happens when you have multiple generations of renters without spare rooms and with unfriendly landlords?

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