A community collective with members from a wide range of existing social service organisations has combined to facilitate and activate positive solutions to the deepening housing crisis in Hawke’s Bay.
CHAT (Community Housing Action Team) is organising a public rally with a range of speakers, including the homeless, with a tentative date being Sunday 6 August at 2pm. CHAT say, “We want to raise the public’s awareness of the extent and effects of this long-running and worsening housing crisis. The severe shortage of permanent social housing, started by the mass demolitions in Maraenui and other suburbs in Aotearoa, has overloaded the private rental market and that in turn has seen rents skyrocket due to the shortage of rental housing stock. Coupled with that is the inability of most people, particularly young families, to buy their own home, thus freeing up the houses they currently rent.
With the General Election coming up CHAT are asking all political parties and candidates to commit to supporting a fast-tracked political resolution, regardless of which parties are in power after 23 September. The current millions paid to motels and camping grounds via emergency housing grants is a seriously misguided spend on the taxpayers’ purses but to also find out that MSD have now purchased entire motel businesses for this purpose is absolutely repugnant – it clearly indicates the current government expects this situation to continue but it still does nothing about where people will go when their 12-week occupancy of all these temporary placements expires. Meanwhile, more and more children and adults suffer diminishing health and social outcomes, including people who are in employment as well as those who are unwell or unable.