Waiting list for state houses at an all time high

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This is the year of delivery. In the 16 or so months that this government has been in power, we have reached a number of new highs. The acceptable rate of methamphetamine contamination in a house has been increased. The number of homeless people has increased – not that you would know it, since the media steers well away from the subject. The latest high we have reached is the number of people waiting for a state house, which has increased by 63% since this government took office.

This is probably due to a number of factors, but introducing policies that stick it to private landlords will definitely not have helped this situation. quote.

Housing Minister Phil Twyford opened 11 new state homes for the elderly in Whang?rei yesterday, for tenants who are elderly or have limited mobility.

He said the waiting lists had grown partly because people now see some point in asking for help, after years of living in appalling conditions. end quote.

Rubbish, Phil. There are now more people in need than ever. Private landlords are selling up in droves and those that cannot afford to buy a property are completely stuck as a result. Putting their names forward for a state house is the only option left. quote.

“It’s because of two things – one is the suppressed demand over the past decade or so where people had no confidence they could get help.

“So we’ve got high levels of sub-standard, third-world conditions in the suburbs of our towns and cities, and now we’ve got a government that says not only are we committed to building more, but the Prime Minister is actively encouraging people to come forward,” Mr Twyford said.

“And if you need help, if you need decent shelter, we will do our best to get it for you.” end quote.

Although you could be waiting for a decade before a state house comes along.

Remember when the last government was trying to demolish state houses built on quarter acre sections so as to build 4 houses where there had been only one? The media got behind the people living in these houses and a public outcry ensued. That is one of the reasons there are not enough state houses, Phil. It is not because people didn’t come forward before. quote.

The number of people on the social housing register in Whang?rei has doubled to more than 200 since September 2017, and the government plans to build 80 new homes in the city.

Nationally, there are now 9500 people on the register.

Mr Twyford said the government has built 1000 state houses in the past year, and aims to increase that to 6500 in the next three years.

RNZ end quote.

It is time to stop blaming the last government, Phil. You came in on a promise of building houses for all. 1,000 state houses is a drop in a bucket, and with the numbers on waiting lists rising steadily, the problem is never going to go away.

Still, there is one thing you can say about this government. They are very creative. When it comes to finding excuses as to why they are not performing as well as they said they would, they are very creative indeed.

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