New Zealand Pledges To Get All Homeless People Off The Streets In Under 4 Weeks

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New Zealand Pledges To Get All Homeless People Off The Streets In Under 4 Weeks

Post by Guest on Sat May 05, 2018 11:53 am

The New Zealand government has announced a $100 million package to get the country's homeless population off the streets and into shelter this winter (June). According to the University of Otago, more than 40,000 people, or one in 100 New Zealanders, are now homeless.

"We're pulling out all the stops to support people in need and urgently increase housing supply this winter," said housing minister Phil Twyford.

"Our government will make sure everyone is helped to find warm, dry housing this winter."

Winter in the southern hemisphere is less than four weeks away, so the government has put out an urgent call for anyone with additional accommodation that may be suitable to house homeless people. "We've really made a plea today, any marae, any seasonal housing that might be available, please contact us, we'll work alongside you," New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern said in a Facebook live video. "As soon as we came into government we knew we wouldn't be able to physically build the houses we'd need by May, when winter was really starting to bite. So we acknowledge this is emergency, this is transitional [housing], but we couldn't stand by and see people in cars or completely unsuitable housing in the meantime."




https://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/2779/New-Zealand-Pledges-To-Get-All-Homeless-People-Off-The-Streets-In-Under-4-Weeks

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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Sat May 05, 2018 12:12 pm

Surprised

Things have been getting increasingly bad for the unemployed and part-time workers over there in KiwiLand under successive conservative governments over the last couple of decades  (their left-leaning Labor Party only regained office a few months ago..).

While the NZ economy has been rolling merrily along for people involved in those industries favoured by their Tory-esque corporatist- conservative party (e.g. agricultural industries, food processing, outdoorsy tourism..), downward pressure on wages and working conditions by the former government, allied with them deserting the supply of public housing to poorer people, has resulted in a "two speed"/vey uneven society..

40,000 homeless, though ! I didn't think it was quite that high --  that rate expressed as a % of the total population is around 25% higher than what it is here in Oz; (which in turn is higher than in places like the UK, or most western Euro' countries..).


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Post by Guest on Sat May 05, 2018 12:13 pm

WhoseYourWolfie wrote:

Things have been getting increasingly bad for the unemployed and part-time workers over there in KiwiLand under successive conservative governments over the last couple of decades  (their left-leaning Labor Party only regained office a few months ago..).

While the NZ economy has been rolling merrily along for people involved in those industries favoured by their Tory-esque corporatist- conservative party (e.g. agricultural industries, food processing, outdoorsy tourism..), downward pressure on wages and working conditions by the former government, allied with them deserting the supply of public housing to poorer people, has resulted in a "two speed"/vey uneven society..

40,000 homeless, though  ! I didn't think it was quite that high --  that rate expressed as a % of the total population is around 25% higher than what it is here in Oz.


Fair play though mate, if they manage to pull this off.

I think its one area many people agree on and that to help the homeless.

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