NZ ‘not catching up’ to social housing need

NZ 'not catching up' to social housing need

The Salvation Army estimates the country needs to build a minimum of 2000 social houses a year for at least the next decade just to meet demand.

The Salvation Army estimates at least 2000 new houses a year are needed; the government says it has plans to increase stock from 66,000 to 72,000 in the next three years. Photo:

Its study, ‘Taking Stock’, found the country’s social housing stock needs to grow from 82,000 to more than 100,000 in the next decade.

The report’s author, Alan Johnson, said another 2000 a year was the bare minimum that needed to be constructed and half of those were needed in Auckland.

“This number isn’t something that we say ‘look this would be nice to have’.

“What we’re saying is ‘if we don’t do this… we’ll have increasing levels of street homelessness, we’ll have people living in poorer and poorer housing conditions and their lives will suffer as a result of that’.”

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