Housing Minister says all major indicators show homelessness was up over the winter

Homelessness over the past winter was the worst its been in years, Housing Minister Phil Twyford says.

He said all major measures showed homelessness had increased, despite the Government putting more people into state and emergency housing.

These measures included figures showing nearly twice as many people applied for Government help because they were either homeless or had insecure accommodation compared to a year earlier.

According to official figures released early to the Herald, 2585 people were also placed into transitional housing during the September quarter, up from 1663 at the same time last year.

An additional 14,017 “special needs grants” were given out to help other families and people pay for emergency accommodation in motels or other short stays, up from 9159 at the same time last year.

Twyford said the figures showed there had been three winters in a row of “very high levels of homelessness”.

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Source: NZ Herald