Kapiti not immune from Housing Crisis
Kapiti has not been immune from the impacts of what many have termed a housing crisis. Rents have soared, accommodation is in short supply and unprecedented pressure has come on social housing stock throughout the Kapiti Coast.
Recent research date shows the depth of the issue and increasing pressure will be put on local and central government to address an immediate and growing problem.
The Salvation Army has commended the Housing Foundation for its research released today, which it says is critical to the dialogue necessary to drive action to address New Zealand's housing crisis.
'The Housing Foundation research confirms beyond doubt what many have instinctively known: that in demonstrable ways, many New Zealanders are living in less stable, secure and healthy homes,' said Lieut-Colonel Ian Hutson, Director of The Salvation Army's Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit.
This research shows:
The evidence is clear that New Zealand has reached a turning point where significant action and strong leadership is required, Lieutenant-Colonel Hutson said. This evidence includes:
'Market-driven theories about how to address these growing problems are proving inadequate. Instead, it is clear that governments, councils, churches, investors, private property owners all have a part to play together to adequately address this crisis,' Lieutenant-Colonel Hutson said.
'The Salvation Army believes every person deserves a level of support that enables them to flourish. The current housing crisis is undermining this ideal by fostering a level of debilitating poverty. Ensuring that everyone has a dry, warm and safe home is perhaps the most important way we can provide this support and lift our fellow New Zealanders out of poverty.'
Otaki Labour candidate Rob McCann has been highlighting the issue of housing shortages and rent rises for the last few years and says the crisis is very real and needs addressing urgently.
"The government has abdicated its responsibility to deal with the housing crisis. A housing crisis which forces families to share houses and garages, renters to pay exorbitant rents and potential first home owners to give up on their dream of ever owning a home," says Mr McCann.
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