Some relief in the south’s housing crisis but not enough, community leaders say

Forty state and social houses are planned for Invercargill but some community leaders say they won’t be enough to take the pressure off accommodation woes.

On August 24, the Government announced that 6400 additional houses would be built across New Zealand by June 2022.

Invercargill has five of these houses already in the pipeline from Housing New Zealand, with possibly another 35 to come from either it or the Community Housing Project. It is proposed these will be 18 one bedroom,13 two-bedroom and four three-bedroom houses.

While it was seen as a much needed solution in the long-term, there was concern expressed about how some people suffering in an extreme housing shortage would fare in the short-term.

Housing advocate Margaret Cook of the Southland Community Housing Group, which was set up to report back to the Invercargill City Council on housing deficits, said the housing plan was welcome news.

“It’s the best news we’ve had in nine years.”

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Source: Stuff NZ