We all see the world through our tiny gilded opera glasses. We each have a minute field of vision on which to base our actions, our attitudes and our beliefs about the world in which we live.
This IS a crisis. It is a national emergency, when 200,000 households are on the public housing waiting list. 200,000 households are either already homeless, or unable to afford both rent and adequate food and utilities.¹
I wanted out of a twenty five year very difficult and mostly unhappy marriage. And so began a nomadic life.
We are ordinary Australian women forced out of our homes by rapidly inflating house prices.
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.