New Zealand government to provide shelter to all homeless people by June
The winter has arrived in New Zealand and its government just announced a $100 million package to offer shelter to the country’s homeless people. It is reported that over 40,000 people in New Zealand live on the streets. That is almost 1 in 100 New Zealanders.
“We’ve really made a plea today, any marae, any seasonal housing that might be available, please contact us, we’ll work alongside you,” New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern said in a Facebook live video. “As soon as we came into government we knew we wouldn’t be able to physically build the houses we’d need by May, when winter was really starting to bite. So we acknowledge this is emergency, this is transitional [housing], but we couldn’t stand by and see people in cars or completely unsuitable housing in the meantime.”
Winter in the southern hemisphere is less than four weeks away, so the government has put out an urgent call for anyone with additional accommodation that may be suitable to house homeless people.