Written By: - Date published: 7:21 am, July 22nd, 2017 - 127 comments
Categories: class war, housing, national, paula bennett, poverty, same old national, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: amy adams, clueless, homeless
New Zealand has been declared to be the top of the world rankings in something. But it is nothing to be proud of.
From Radio New Zealand:
Social Housing Minister Amy Adams is rejecting an American University survey that puts New Zealand at the top of a list of developed countries for homelessness.
Yale University has released a list of developed countries ranked on the number of homeless people per capita – which has New Zealand at the top, followed by the Czech Republic and Australia.
It found about 40,000 people are either living on the street, in emergency housing, or shelter considered sub-standard.
The report does note that getting an accurate picture of homeless is challenging, because many countries define homelessness in different ways.
Ms Adams said the findings should be treated with a high degree of caution, as the survey did not have consistent comparisons from country to country.
“They’re not comparing apples with apples and to suggest that is our number of homeless is quite wrong.”
She said government estimates were that the number was closer to 4000.
Typical Government response. There is no problem. People are not dying in the streets from being homeless. It is just a case of faulty data.
The trouble for the Government is that wherever you look there are signs of housing stress. For instance the queue for social housing is now over 5,000 for the first time ever. From the Herald:
The growing demand for social housing in New Zealand is showing no sign of slowing down, according to newly-released figures.
The official waiting list for social housing grew by 40 per cent in the last year, and has passed 5000 households for the first time since the Ministry of Social Development took over responsibility in mid-2014.
The increase appears to be driven by demand in Auckland and Christchurch, where a combined 250 people were added to the list since March.
After the last quarter’s results were released in April, Social Housing Minister Amy Adams noted that growth in demand had slowed to 2 per cent. It has now bounced back up again, rising 10 per cent in the past three months.
And who is to blame for this appalling state of affairs?
Paula Bennett has admitted "in hindsight" the Government's response to the housing crisis has been too slow https://t.co/YFoAuMNxmi
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