At present, New Zealand has the worst rate of homelessness in the OECD. In 2016, 41,000 Kiwis (nearly 1%) were homeless. Half of this number were families with children. This documentary examines the forces behind New Zealand’s homeless epidemic and potential solutions. Australia is up there too.
We need a national housing strategy to ensure that enough housing is built, to suitable standards, to house all of those in housing need.
I am struggling. I am struggling physically because I am a 67 year old homeless woman with fibromyalgia.
What do we call those people who are homeless for no better reason than flat-lined fixed incomes and massively inflating house prices forced them out of the housing market?
No-one on any pension anywhere in the country – except a few searingly hot and isolated country towns – can afford the lowest market rentals for habitable accommodation. Simple as that.