More than 9000 eligible families are on the waiting list for public housing, up a third on the figure at the end of last year.
Figures released under the Official Information Act to Stuff show that as of the end of August, 9344 eligible families, or households, were on the waiting list for public housing – a state or social home.
The number continued to climb from 8704 in June and 6182 at the end of last year. It is over double the figure reached in September of 2016.
Of those 9344, more than 7000 were given the “A” priority, meaning the Ministry of Social Development had classified them as being in the most severe need of housing.
Almost 2000 current public housing tenants were waiting for a transfer to a more suitable home.
Housing Minister Phil Twyford said the rising number was a delayed response to “year after year of a worsening housing crisis right across the market.”
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