'Give Me Shelter: An assessment of New Zealand's housing assistance policies'.
The report, Give Me Shelter, suggests housing policy has, for the past two decades, lacked a guiding philosophy or even an understanding of future housing needs or what housing programmes are supposed to achieve.
A significant concern is that there appears to have been little consideration of future social housing need, particularly scant evidence of planning for social housing demand over the next 10-20 years.
The report’s author Salvation Army policy analyst Alan Johnnson says in the past housing was critical to the country’s nation building. It improved living standards and was a method of creating a more inclusive society. Today, such a broad vision is lacking, he says.
The report looks specifically at the two main housing assistance programmes – the accommodation supplement and subsidies paid by the state to Housing New Zealand – and offers a framework of how developing a sustainable and effective housing policy might be achieved.
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