Auckland mother and son living in car due to safety fears at emergency housing unit

A homeless mum says she feels safer living in her car than a government-funded emergency housing unit.

Olga Caske said she moved out of the unit two weeks ago because it was not safe for her son.

She suffered from racial abuse and her 11-year-old son had panic attacks at the housing facility in West Auckland, she said.

“That place is not safe for any child, with noise, swearing, alcohol, mental health issues and drug addicts,” she said.

On January 11, the 51-year-old and her son did just that after a number of unsavoury experiences at the complex.

A church friend allowed her to park on her front lawn.

However, following media attention, Caske said Housing NZ offered her a two-bedroom house from January 25.

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