web analytics

Housing NZ refers homeless to CAB for emergency housing

Written By: - Date published: 1:30 pm, November 24th, 2015 - 28 comments
Categories: housing - Tags: ,

beggar-1

Citizens Advice Bureaux have a proud history of giving advice and assistance to people.  The first CAB was opened in Ponsonby in 1970.  Since then many different offices have been opened and hundreds of thousands of people have been helped.

One thing they do not give help with is providing social housing.  But this Government seems to think that they should.  Because as reported on Radio New Zealand this morning desperate families have been referred to them by Housing New Zealand.

CAB chief executive Kerry Dalton reported that this year over 3,000 enquiries about emergency housing had been received, compared to 1,500 five years ago.  From the article:

We’re seeing people who have been to Work and Income, Housing New Zealand, the Ministry of Social Development seeking assistance.

“Sometimes they’re the highest priority on the social housing register, which means that they’re assessed as needing a house now but they have been referred to us without being helped into alternative accommodation while they’re waiting,” she said.

She was hopeful the government would step up and intervene.

“I really believe that if there’s a will this can be addressed tomorrow.

“It’s a matter of the Ministry of Social Development and the government committing to making sure that when people come to them…they can get alternative accommodation, because the emergency accommodation just isn’t there.”

The solution is simple, the state needs to provide more social housing.  And it needs to understand why the numbers of homelessness are growing.

28 comments on “Housing NZ refers homeless to CAB for emergency housing ”

  1. Al66 1

    This government doesn’t know and doesn’t care

  2. greywarshark 2

    The necrotising fasciitis that afflicts New Zealand.
    New Zealand, a good place to bring up children.
    New Zealand, a good place to bring up.
    New Zealand, a good place to bring..
    New Zealand, a good place to…
    New Zealand, a good place.
    New Zealand, a good….
    New Zealand, a…………
    New Zealand.

  3. David Scott 3

    Hey John, why not just round all us poor people up and move us into ghettos. Oh wait, that would be giving us housing which is a privilege only for people with money.

    Hmmm, okay, just round us up and gas us because you won’t get rid of us any other way.

    • greywarshark 3.1

      I found out an effective way of killing off chronic drunks. Read it in a crime story.
      But I won’t say what it was because the way things are, somebody might just utilise the method.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 3.2

      But, but, but, who will drag wages down then?

      I don’t think your policy of exterminating the low paid will work, Dave. Exterminating low pay, on the other hand… 😈

  4. Draco T Bastard 5

    The solution is simple, the state needs to provide more social housing. And it needs to understand why the numbers of homelessness are growing.

    Of course it’s simple and the government knows why there’s homeless people. They won’t do anything about it though as homelessness and poverty are a way for the government to punish people for being different than them. It also helps to increase profits as wages can be kept down.

    • greywarshark 5.1

      Inequality good for free market! Makes the proles work harder – way into the night and rise early like all working people in NZ should. The others are wealth creators so they can keep normal hours.

  5. Mike the Savage One 6

    CAB have for years also been advising many ordinary beneficiaries, as many advocacy services have suffered budget cuts, some had to close and others are stretched beyond their humble resources. Also have some CABs connected people with services offering food parcels.

    So now they are also expected to help homeless and those in need of affordable housing? This is all intentional, the government is hell bent on creating “welfare” the US American style, forcing more into seeking support from NGO and volunteer groups, as it simply does not care and has rather a strong focus on saving costs.

    But as most out there are “strugglers” and have little sympathy these days, nobody will bother doing much about this. Divide and rule is the motto, and it is getting worse by the day.

  6. millsy 7

    According to FB more and more families are being put up in motel rooms by WINZ via benefit advances (ie they have to pay WINZ back). This has led to some families owing up to $4000.

    A win win situation – the government doesnt have to pay a cent (technially) and National-voting motel owners get some government cash during a slow pre-season.

  7. Mike the Savage One 8

    Also on Radio NZ National’s Midday News today, a mother complained about how her daughter with intellectual impairment and thus a disability, dependent on a benefit, had her benefit cut when being on a family holiday (listen to the audio from 2 minutes and 55 seconds into the news broadcast – onwards):

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/middayreport/audio/201780015/midday-news-for-24-november-2015

    WINZ trust nobody, and that is what this government wanted to achieve with the welfare reforms it brought in mid July 2013.

  8. Tiger Mountain 9

    the Nats want it all ways–a reserve army of unemployed to put downward pressure on wages but straight out refuses to help support them, yet middle class (WFF) and corporate welfare is fine

    “catch 22” is a rarely used saying these days but WINZ is an apt example of one–WINZ staff are rewarded for NOT assisting the citizens who seek their support by denying or not informing of entitlements

    we need rent control and a massive house building programme in this country

  9. Freemark 10

    Housing New Zealand should refer them to The Standard and her caring members instead.
    That would fix it.

    • sabine 10.1

      No Housing New Zealand and the Ministry of Social Development should do their jobs, and that is starting from Top down to bottom. If they can’t be bothered they should get fired.
      And we the tax payer should get a refund of our Taxes, as clearly Housing New Zealand and the Ministry of Social Development from the top to the bottom are not doing their job, thus the government could just simply do away with them altogether.

  10. linda 11

    no no no the flag ,the flag ,the flag

    if they want help they must vote only the ballot box will remove this fucked up government

  11. johnm 12

    This government is turning NZ into a U$ style nightmare. They don’t care: they’re fucking crazy rubbish with no contact with ordinary kiwis. Key fucks around as if he’s some little godlette. Shame on the stupid selfish money grubbing shits who voted this shit scum in. A social conscience is another universe way from Key.

  12. Gael 13

    Meantime announcement that $200m being spent on increasing trade with who now in asia?

    Gee what if $200m was invested in looking after our own first… in social housing? Resulting in maybe more apprenticeships – youth employment, more forests planted to supply the wood – good for climate, more resources and classrooms for schools and god forbid more public servants social worker types in housing nz, cyfs, winz, instead of overpaid consultants but no…. it’ll be more poor dairy cows on canty plains in 35 degrees with no shelter or better still orivida exporting live cows to live in the stubble of the palm oil plantations.

    or am i too cynical?

  13. Gael 14

    Meantime announcement that $200m being spent on increasing trade with who now in asia?

    Gee what if $200m was invested in looking after our own first… in social housing? Resulting in maybe more carpenter and plumbers apprenticeships – youth employment, more forests planted to supply the wood – good for climate, more resources and classrooms for schools and god forbid more public servant types in housing nz, cyfs, winz, minof education instead of overpaid consultants but no…. it’ll be more poor dairy cows on canty plains in 35 degrees with no shelter or better still orivida live exporting sheep and cows to live in the stubble of the palm oil plantations.

    or am i too cynical?

    • Henry Filth 14.1

      Probably not cynical enough.

      But some good imaginings, which would be useful in the real world. Sadly, this is 21st century New Zealand.

  14. Tautuhi 15

    Obviously his Austro-Hungarian Jewish roots are coming to the fore?

  15. Philj 16

    Gael
    The figure for ASEAN support was MORE THAN $200M. Didn’t say how much, just more than… This reflects badly on on a losing horse of a government.

  16. Penny Bright 17

    The State needs to provide more STATE housing.

    State housing is PUBLIC.

    Social housing is PRIVATE.

    There is a huge privatisation agenda, in my view, happening behind the scenes, for (private) corporate NGOs to take over STATE housing, via ‘social housing’.

    Blurring the language – by using the term ‘social’ housing, to effectively cover everything, in my view, is helping to confuse and mislead people.

    Penny Bright

  17. Treetop 18

    There is something sinister going on with the management of state housing. The government has just finished repairing 5,000 state homes damaged by the Christchurch earthquakes and the government cannot manage to increase the state housing stock or acquire dwellings for their social housing experiment.

    The government recieved an insurance payout for the earthquake repairs, they need to find money for urgent housing. How despicable that a pregnant women, cannot be assisted into urgent housing by the government (there is a risk of having a small for date baby) and children living rough can develope anxiety, as well education can be disrupted.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Tokelau Language Week reminds us to stay united and strong
    Staying strong in the face of challenges and being true to our heritage and languages are key to preserving our cultural identity and wellbeing, is the focus of the 2020 Tokelau Language Week. Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, says this year’s theme, ‘Apoapo tau foe, i nā tāfea ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, that will support Pacific communities drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions. “I am keen to see this Fund support Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
    Up to 50 Māori apprentices in Wellington will receive paid training to build houses for their local communities, thanks to a $2.75 million investment from the Māori Trades and Training Fund, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Ngāti Toa Rangatira Incorporated to provide its Ngā Kaimahi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
    Rapidly growing sectors will benefit from a $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment which will see Wellington jobseekers supported into work, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Sapphire Consultants Ltd. to help up to 45 Māori jobseekers into paid training initiatives over two years through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruakura Inland Port development vital infrastructure for Waikato
    The Government is investing $40 million to develop an inland port at Ruakura which will become a freight super-hub and a future business, research and residential development for the Waikato, Urban Development and Transport Minister Phil Twyford, and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. The funding has been has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Appointments made to Defence Expert Review Group
    Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today the establishment of an Expert Review Group to review a number of aspects of the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) structure, information management and record-keeping processes.  The Expert Review Group’s work arises out of the first recommendation from the Report of the Government’s Inquiry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • No active community cases of COVID-19
    There are no active community cases of COVID-19 remaining in the country after the last people from the recent outbreak have recovered from the virus, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “This is a big milestone. New Zealanders have once again through their collective actions squashed the virus. The systems ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Clean energy upgrade for more public buildings
    More public buildings will be supported by the Government to upgrade to run on clean energy, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. Minister Shaw announced that Lincoln and Auckland universities will receive support through the Clean-Powered Public Service Fund to replace fossil fuel boilers. Southern, Taranaki, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago