9 OCT | 2014
It is undeniable that the current provision of housing is not sufficient to meet current needs in New Zealand, says The Salvation Army. As a result, many people are living in unsafe and unsuitable locations such as garages, sheds, tents, caravans and cars, couch surfing or living in shared housing with other families.
The Government agrees that New Zealand does not have enough houses, especially for low-income people. It is looking at gaining more help from community providers by increasing their involvement in social housing provision to address New Zealand’s serious housing need.
The Government has indicated this may involve the sale of some State housing resources to non-government providers, which may include The Salvation Army.
A lack of affordable and safe housing is one of the aggravating factors for poverty in New Zealand, so this is naturally an area The Salvation Army would consider getting involved in.
The Salvation Army is open to taking on some State housing stock. However, it has made no firm commitment to Government to do so and is currently only exploring this proposition.
However, The Salvation Army does not support the sale of State houses on the open market. New Zealand currently does not have enough social housing to meet the demand, so any reduction in the overall level of social housing available would exacerbate an already desperate situation.