We’ve run out of words to describe things sensibly. In the effort to grab attention, everything gets ratcheted up to the point of absurdity. The housing crisis isn’t a crisis any more. Labour want it to be a State of Emergency.
And so we get to Tauranga, where homelessness is now so bad, there has been a ‘tsunami’ of it.
So that has to be pretty bad. Imagine it, if you like. And while you have that picture in mind, please consider some recent tsunamis:
On that basis, a ‘tsunami’ of homelessness in Tauranga conjures up a disaster of proportions not seen in this country, even if you allow for it to happen to a relatively smaller city.
From Checkpoint, Wednesday 31 August 2016
A “tsunami” of homelessness has ripped through Tauranga, with more than 30 families seeking emergency accommodation each week, social agencies say.
Ngati Ranginui Iwi Society CEO Steph O’Sullivan said homelessness in the Bay of Plenty was a growing, significant issue. The number of homeless seeking help was more than social agencies in the region had ever seen before.
“I wonder how many people out there are going to be staggered by this and the revelation of the issue here, because the good news story of regional economic growth is fantastic, but not everyone is sharing in that story,” Ms O’Sullivan said.
“People automatically I think assume sometimes there’s drug and alcohol issues, or such issues, but in fact some of them are working. So they’re going off to their job every day and going back to live in their car at night.
“Women [are] living in cars with their children who have got brain injuries, behavioural issues and are trying to get them off to school every morning, trying to deal with beneficiary type issues… wicked, systemic issues. [Homelessness] is alive and well here.”
One school principal estimated 10 percent of the children at her school were living transient lives, in which they had no fixed abode.
About 30 families were being referred to emergency accommodation, including motels, each week, Ms O’Sullivan said.
30 families are referred to emergency accommodation.
If there is a feeling that nobody cares, then part of the problem is that this has been totally over-hyped for political reasons.
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