Families ‘evicted’ after taking in homeless

Families 'evicted' after taking in homeless

Families in Napier are being kicked out of their rentals because they are taking in homeless people, a community housing group says.

The Community Housing Action Team (CHAT) says homelessness has dramatically increased in the past few years and there are large waiting lists for social housing.

“People are actually getting evicted because they’re letting their families or people that they know on the streets come in and stay,” said group member Adrienne Taputoro.

“So those families have to go into a motel and try and find somewhere, but even then you still can’t stay in there for long.”

Ms Taputoro, who was in Maraenui yesterday attending Labour leader Jacinda Ardern’s announcement her party would build 240 affordable homes for Napier and Hastings, said there was a dire housing shortage in the area.

She said many people couldn’t afford exorbitant rents in the city. “You’ve got landlords around here that have upped the rent.

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