Housing stocktake blames homelessness on drop in state housing

A Government-commissioned stocktake of housing shows massive failings across the sector that particularly affect children, Pasifika, and renters.

The report indicates New Zealand is “quickly becoming a society divided by the ownership of housing and its related wealth” where “recent housing and tax policy settings appear to have exacerbated this division”.

In one of the findings the report indicates that up to nine in 10 homeless people who turn up at community housing providers are turned away.

This “floating population” of homelessness is hidden from official data around state house waiting lists as many of them have been excluded from state housing.

This “floating population” of homelessness is hidden from official data around state house waiting lists as many of them have been excluded from state housing.

Much of the homelessness crisis can be blamed on a long-term decline in state housing.

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