Growing waiting list shows need for more public housing

Further increases in the numbers of people waiting for public housing shows the urgent need to increase Housing NZ’s stock, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford says.

Figures released today for the December 2017 quarter show the total number of people on the public housing waiting list rose 5 per cent to 7,725. The waiting list is now comprised of 6,182 households in need of a state house and a further 1,543 waiting to be transferred. The list increased 8 per cent in the September quarter.

Phil Twyford says this is the sharp end of the housing crisis. “The people on the Ministry of Social Development’s (MSD) housing waiting list are some of the country’s most vulnerable.

“Fixing the housing crisis is a priority for the Labour-led Government. After almost a decade of state houses being sold off and not replaced, increasing Housing NZ’s stock is an important part of the solution.

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