Kia ora Minister Adams,
In 1 days’ time, a family of five in Upper Hutt will become homeless. They are in the final week of a 90 Day notice to vacate.
The mother, “S”, works part-time in two jobs, for twenty hours a week. She cannot afford current market rentals. And according to her, landlords are becoming very picky, and preferring “professional couples” or “professional families”. This appears to be code for No Brown People Please.
WINZ/MSD has categorised her as Category C – which is not urgent.
“S” has scoured Trademe for rentals and has tried various emergency services. She has tried emergency accomodation at Harcourt Caravan Park and Hawks Inn motel – but those are full with visiting UK rugby fans.
“S” is desperate and at her wits end.
To compound matters, there is a six month baby in the family to one of her sons and his partner.
On Friday, “S” will have to vacate the rental she has lived in for fourteen years.
She has run out of options, except one.
She will obtain a van and will camp outside MSD/WINZ in Main Street, Upper Hutt. All five of them. Including the baby.
To avert the media storm that will erupt when “S” camps outside WINZ/MSD, surely to god in 21st Century New Zealand, there must be some accommodation available. (Why are their vacant state houses in Timberlea, Upper Hutt?!)
Minister Adams, I wrote to your office on Monday (26 June) evening when “S” approached me for help. I provided phone numbers for her and myself in that email to you. Thus far no one has contacted us, except for an email from a ‘Private Secretary’ received today (27 June) advising that my email to you had been passed on to Associate Minister, Alfred Ngaro.
This is not good enough that you are now engaging in an email-go-round whilst a family is about to lose their home and live in the street.
If you want to help “S”, then do what you are paid to do. Ms Adams, you are the Minister for Social Housing. This is your responsibility.
If not, a family of five with a 6 month old baby will be living outside one of your offices – an office that is supposedly there to help people in need.
You have three days.