October 06, 2014
Homeless approach on wrong tack
Manurewa MP Louisa Wall says National's response to housing will do little to address the growing problem of homelessness she sees in her electorate.
In the new cabinet announced yesterday, Prime Minister John Key indicated he was pushing on with plans to reduce the role of the state in housing, with Finance Minister Bill English put in charge of Housing New Zealand and Paula Bennett made Minister of Social Housing.
Ms Wall says her electorate office is constantly dealing with whanau in crisis because they can't find housing or are losing their rental accommodation.
"I know this is an issue the Government wants to address by selling state houses and that doesn't seem to make sense to me or to people like Alan Johnson of the Salvation Army. Maybe they do need to reconfigure the stock but not enough houses means people are living either on the street or, if they are lucky enough, in cars," she says.
Louisa Wall says she is working with the Salvation Army on initiatives around homelessness, and her office is also supporting a new weekely community cafe opening in Manurewa.
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