Homeless people could be offered up to $5000 to leave Auckland and resettle in a state house in the provinces, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett has confirmed.
The policy was put together in the last few days and was announced this afternoon as the Government goes into damage control over its handling of housing problems in New Zealand.
Ms Bennett told reporters at Parliament this afternoon that up to 150 families could be relocated to state houses or possibly private rentals through the policy.
“I would say to those that are homeless that there is a chance that they could get a house in days if they were willing to look outside of Auckland.”
The minister said that the maximum $5000 grant was mostly targeted at people who were already in state houses, but homeless could also get access to financial assistance “if that is what is needed”.
Huntly, Ngaurawahia, Hamilton, Whanganui, Gisborne all had vacant state houses available. Any relocation would be strictly voluntary, Ms Bennett said.
If the point is to take pressure off in Auckland, why not offer $5000 to anyone that is currently renting willing to relocate? Or is it just a matter to clean up some unsightly homeless so the stats look better? Read more »