What the government doesn’t see as a ‘housing crisis’, New Zealand communities do—with Auckland, Napier, Palmerston North, Wellington and Invercargill signing up for 14 Hours Homeless in early October.
Social Housing Minister the Hon. Paula Bennett’s announcement of $9 million in a flexible fund to support people in severe housing need is very welcome says Lieut-Colonel Ian Hutson, Director of The Salvation Army’s Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit.
Auckland must support the recommendations of the Hearings Panel on the Auckland City Unitary Plan if the poor housing conditions of low-income Aucklanders are going to be eliminated.
“Female sanitary products are not a luxury, but for young Kiwi women on tight budgets they’re an expense that’s hard to afford,” says Manurewa MP and Labour Youth Affairs spokesperson Louisa Wall.
The Salvation Army is launching its first ever winter appeal as front-line staff prepare for one of their busiest times of the year.
The Salvation Army is gravely concerned that the depth and breadth of poverty currently in the spotlight is becoming seen as inevitable, normal and permanent.
In the past few days, the Government and a government agency have made statements saying MSD officials accompanied Salvation Army personnel to visit homeless people. These statements are incorrect.
The New Zealand economy is showing resiliance but a small dip in economic fortunes could see many more Kiwi families fall into poverty and severe social distress, says The Salvation Army as it launches its latest State of the Nation report today.
For 19 people in West Auckland, home is living and sleeping on the streets of Waitakere. Their story and the circumstances of their life is captured in the latest report of The Salvation Army, “Hard Times”.