More homes: a public good

Every Kiwi should have a safe, warm, dry placeto call home. Today’s announcement from the Government that this year they havedelivered the biggest increase in the number of public houses in almost 20years “is to be celebrated. Ensuring we have enough homes for all,especially those living in poverty is a huge challenge which must beresolved,” said CTU President Richard Wagstaff.

“One of the consistent concerns of workingpeople is having access to safe, warm, dry homes. Having an additional 2178houses will make a difference to at least 2178 families; the lives of thousandsof people will be positively impacted on as a result of the completion of thesenew homes.”

“Of course there are many more people whoneed access to safe, warm, dry homes. We urge the Government to focus attentionon the delivery of what can only be described as one of the most basic of humanneed – shelter.”

“If we are serious about improving ourwellbeing as a nation, we have to remain determined to resolve housing whichhas become a daunting issue. We won’t solve it by tinkering or political pointscoring, but by large scale investment and determined leadership,”Wagstaff said.

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