The New Zealand Government has announced a $100 million plan to combat homelessness.
The plan includes $37 million to increase housing supply, and $63.4 million to house and support more than 1450 of New Zealand’s homeless over the next four years.
“We’re pulling out all the stops to support people in need and urgently increase housing supply this winter,” Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford says.
The Government is concerned that the colder winter temperatures will result in increased pressure on the housing sector.
The Housing First programme aims to support chronically homeless people or those who are homeless with multiple, complex issues such as mental health and substance abuse.