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It’s more than a house to me:
Home is where I feel safe and warm enough to build my future

Alongside caregivers’ love and good nutrition, a home that’s warm, dry and affordable to the caregivers, is vital for the development of a child’s potential. Everything else – good health, education and general quality of life – builds on the foundation of belonging to a safe and warm, dry and affordable home.

Every flu season staff in New Zealand’s hospitals and medical clinics are run off their feet looking after thousands of children and their families. Many of these children wouldn’t be sick if they lived in warm, dry homes. Now the situation seems amplified, because of Covid 19, but it’s been this way for a long time in New Zealand.

There has been a growing housing crisis for poor families and individuals for some time. Most poor families live in rental accommodation. With the current housing shortage poor families have been pushed to the back of the queue for decent housing and end up with the worst properties. When they can find a place to live, it’s often cold, damp, mouldy and over-crowded.

They have few protections as tenants, and the accommodation supplement which helps them pay for rent never seems to keep up with rent increases, and other household costs.

Now after Covid 19, we hear about a growing housing crisis even for the middle classes! We shouldn’t let the media frame the question of a home to live in, in market terms of “property investment” and “house prices”; that concerns people looking to invest in a second home. Government has to stay focused on finding solutions for the homeless and poorly housed, those priced out of buying a home at all.

Urgent action is needed to make sure poor families have decent housing, because it’s their right, and it’s also of utmost importance to child wellbeing:

  • A long term housing strategy with culturally appropriate solutions for Maori and Pacific whanau, migrant families, people with disabilities and/or with needs for assisted living

  • A transparent, efficient and respectful social allocation system

  • More, upgraded social housing stock

  • Expansion of the Crown Land programme

  • Increased Accommodation Supplement to ensure no more than a quarter of anyone’s income need be spend on accommodation costs, regardless of where you live in New Zealand

  • A nationwide Rental Warrant of Fitness

  • Housing solutions for those leaving prisons, to reduce recidivism

This election, we encourage all New Zealanders to engage candidates with the following questions,

Then vote for those that answer YES!

  1. Do you have a long term housing strategy with culturally appropriate solutions for Maori and Pacific whanau, migrant families, people with disabilities and/or with needs for assisted living?

  2. Will you review the social allocation system to ensure transparency and that all housing need is adequately met?

  3. Do you plan to upgrade the existing social housing stock and/or build more homes to meet demand?

  4. Will you expand the Crown Land programme in partnership with mana whenua to ensure affordable homes for first time buyers?

  5. Will you increase the Accommodation Supplement to ensure no more than a quarter of anyone’s income need be spend on accommodation costs, regardless of where you live in New Zealand?

  6. Do you support implementing a Rental Warrant of Fitness?

  7. Do you support prison and state care discharge planning and resourcing to identify enough adequate homes for all those exiting detention or state care?

 

 
 
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