Posts Tagged ‘Emergency housing’

Evicted pregnant mother of four finally finds a home

Monday, February 14th, 2022

A pregnant mother, who is expecting her fifth child and has been evicted from her home of six years, is finally breathing easily. Palmerston North mother Lisa Wesselson made a desperate plea for housing when the place she called home was suddenly not hers anymore. Toxic mould had become evident in the house her family Read more

Catholic emergency housing provider has a 279-family waitlist

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

A Catholic emergency housing provider says Government decisions are making it harder to find homes for families. The number of homeless waiting for accommodation has ballooned during the COVID-19 lockdown, says Auckland Diocese’s Monte Cecilia Trust. A spokesperson says the shortage is a result of the Government scrapping ‘redirect’ contracts. These contracts saw community housing Read more

Motels are quitting emergency housing scheme despite ongoing crisis

Thursday, July 15th, 2021

As the emergency housing crisis deepens, moteliers are running for the hills. As at March 31, there were 4368 children living in motels across the country – up by 480 in three months. At the end of December there were 3888 children in motels. There were 465 children in motels for less than four weeks Read more

Emergency accommodation support services lack a ‘moral failure’ by government

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

A social housing provider is demanding the government provide full wrap-around support to everyone living in emergency accommodation. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today indicated on Morning Report a commitment to ramping up support for those living in motels. Demand for emergency accommodation has exploded in recent years with the government now spending nearly a million Read more

Govt urged to fix emergency housing crisis after criticism from Minister Davidson

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

Our emergency housing situation seems to be at breaking point and the Government is being told to do more to solve the crisis. Green Party co-leader and associate housing minister Marama Davidson has come out saying some of our emergency housing is inhumane. She also says the way money is handed out to hotels, with Read more

‘More than a crisis’ – Emergency housing group calls for urgent action

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Emergency housing group Monte Cecilia Trust’s Bernie Smith says the Government promised “transformational change,” but that hasn’t happened. Instead, the housing crisis has worsened. “At the moment we’re getting 20 to 30 calls per day. A year ago, it was 10 to 15 calls per week,” he told TVNZ’s Breakfast this morning. “A year ago, Read more