New Zealand lagging behind in help for the homeless?

Homeless advocates in NZ are asking the Government to really commit to finding workable solutions for the escalating problem of homelessness.

Housing minister Phil Heatley says, though, that it is doing more than enough.

“Our commitment is huge. We are upgrading our stock social housing, we are upgrading our community housing and we’re looking at accommodation supplement and income-related rents,” Heatley said.

Canadian studies show it can cost upwards of $120,000 per year in health, emergency and justice system services to support a chronically homeless person. It costs less than $43,000 per year to provide permanent housing.


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