Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, April 11th, 2017 - 83 comments
Categories: class war, housing, human rights, national, useless - Tags: brighter future, homeless, homeless crisis, out of ideas, salvation army
RNZ this morning:
Homeless families: ‘We’ve got nowhere to send them’
Emergency housing providers are warning more homeless families will be sleeping in cars, parks and garages in Auckland this winter because of a desperate shortage of cheap accommodation.
They say the crisis is worse this year because emergency motel units are already full, and at least one marae which helped people last winter won’t be reopening its doors.
Ordinary people are priced out of home ownership, are increasingly priced out of renting, the state-housing safety net has been deliberately run down, and now the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff is full.
Across Auckland, in Manukau, the Salvation Army is turning away two or three families a day.
Policy analyst Alan Johnson said landlords did not want families on benefits. “We’ve got nowhere to send them, to refer them to to offer them any other form of housing so effectively they are just sent away,” he said. They had no idea where they ended up. “That’s part of the frustration – that we know these people are going to do it hard but there is nothing we can do to help them.”
This is all completely predictable, so what has the government been doing?
The government had asked the Salvation Army for ideas on tackling the crisis but the organisation was out of ideas for where to put emergency housing, he said.
Out of ideas. Change the government.