Sick of homelessnessnessness? Get used to it: 1 in 100 NZers are homeless. ness.

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For 1 in 100 people in New Zealand to be homeless, you have to cast a very wide net.

About one in every 100 New Zealanders don’t have a home to call their own, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of Otago found that in 2013, more than 41,000 people were staying in severely crowded houses with family or friends, or in boarding houses, camping grounds, in cars or on the street.

Concerns over homelessness have come to the forefront in recent weeks, with growing reports of New Zealanders forced to stay in cars, garages and other substandard accommodation.

The information came from the most recent Census and severely housing deprived data available, and researcher Kate Amore said the number had grown by 19 percent since the 2006 census.

“Homelessness is worsening in New Zealand in terms of both numbers and as a proportion of the population. This upward trend accelerated between the 2006 and 2013 censuses, compared with the 2001 and 2006 period,” said Dr Amore.

The study found that if the homeless population were 100 people, 70 were staying with extended family or friends in severely crowded houses, 20 were in a motel, boarding house or camping ground, and 10 were living on the street, in cars, or in other improvised dwellings.

Other impoverished dwellings.  I tell you what, tourists come here and pay money to stay in campervans, motels and camp grounds.  It is hardly impoverished.

It is a crisis don’t you know.

All I can see is that very few people are without a roof over their heads.  And a good proportion of those that do not have a roof over their heads, they want it that way due to mental health or substance abuse issues (or both).

New Zealand does not have poverty.  We do not have a homelessness problem, let alone a crisis.

What we do have is a transient group of people that need special care and attention.   But to lump the whole lot together has being homeless, and no fewer than 1 in 100 New Zealanders at that, is simply pushing things too far.  Again.

 

– NZ Herald


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