Government announces $100m plan to fight homelessness

Housing Minister Phil Twyford has announced $100m of funding for homelessness, with $37m allocated to finding 1500 new places by the end of winter.

The remaining $63.4m will be spent over four years to expand and sustain the Housing First programme across the country, adding 550 more places and keeping 900 established households going.

“There is no reason why there should be homelessness in a country like New Zealand,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at the announcement.

This is the first pre-budget announcement from the Government.

“No one needs to live in a car this winter,” Twyford said.

“By the end of winter, we will have more than 1500 additional transitional, public and Housing First places, compared to the end of last year.”

“Most of them are available now.”

That funding will create 300 new transitional housing places, which can support households for 12 weeks or more, 116 contracted motel units for the short term, and 1071 places in state homes.

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