New batch of state homes brings hope to ‘hammered’ Palmerston North social workers

Palmerston North social workers say a batch of new state homes are a ray of hope after a discouraging surge in demand for housing help.

The Government  has announced Palmerston North will get another 11 state homes among 155 state houses being built across 15 regional centres.

Palmerston North Housing Advice Centre manager Sally Babbage said social workers had despaired as waiting lists for housing grew, so the new homes were a welcome relief.

The city needed a lot more than 11 new social or state houses to make a dent in the problem, but the move was a promising sign, she said.

Babbage said the Government promised more social housing was yet to come, but she was wary of celebrating before homes were actually being built.

“We’re hopeful, really hopeful, but we’re all waiting to see what actually shows up in the Budget this May.”

Housing New Zealand will begin building the new homes this month, and expects to start moving people into the new houses from mid-year.

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