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A mother of three children was told to pack her things and vacate an Auckland motel room, after it was bought by Housing New Zealand to house the homeless.
Faith Davis had been living at the Cimarron Motel for just over a year, and was one of 11 long-term tenants staying there in an agreement with Work and Income.
Last month the government bought the motel to help ease demand for emergency housing. The tenants were told they had to move out once their leases expired.
Many found other places to live, but four, including Ms Davis, were still struggling.
“Every time I get a call back, they want a full family and not a single mum, or they want professional workers, or they want students that work,” she said.
“It’s quite annoying.”
Ms Davis was also on a waiting list with Housing New Zealand, and had since been told she would soon have a home, but said her time in limbo had been traumatic.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said none of the tenants at the motel would be forced to leave. Read more »