Government emergency housing move welcomed

Publish Date : 02 Mar 2016
Government emergency housing move welcomed

Mayor Len Brown has welcomed the government’s announcement of $2 million worth of new emergency housing in Auckland.

Specialist provider Emerge Aotearoa will provide 30 places for individuals or families, for a stay of up to 12 weeks, housing at least an extra 120 people each year.

“I am pleased the government has concluded its negotiations and settled on a provider, and that these new places can be up and running as soon as possible,” says Len Brown.

“This boost will ensure more Aucklanders get the help they need – not just housing, but also access to other social support services.

“I’m aware there is still more to be done and that the government is working on a new funding model for emergency housing. I look forward to further announcements on this later in the year.

“Auckland Council is committed to working with the government on this, with $500,000 budgeted over two years to help in the response. From this budget, the council has funded a new emergency housing sector coordinator through Community Housing Aotearoa.

“The coordinator is working with providers in the sector and central government to identify policy and operational issues to help free up more emergency housing places, increase efficiency, and ensure the sustainability of the sector.

“The coordinator is also working with the sector to determine some additional innovative responses and quick wins that could potentially be funded or supported by council,” says Len Brown.

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