New temporary emergency accommodation service a lifeline, MP says

Waimakariri news
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A new temporary emergency accommodation service will represent a lifeline to families and single people needing extra time to secure a roof over their heads, Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says.

The Waimakariri MP said that he was thrilled that a local family who had sought help through his office had been among the first to secure a place in the new short-term housing units for families.

Government is working with community housing providers Comcare and VisionWest to provide single people and families respectively with short-term housing, as well as support services for up to 30 households at a time.

Doocey, who met with Comcare yesterday, said the temporary emergency housing service would assist people into longer-term housing options – either into social housing or into private rentals

“I am very aware that there are families in our electorate living in garages or other insecure housing. Some have been affected by the increased demand on the private market following the earthquakes while others may be experiencing barriers to accessing private market rentals – through, for example, budgeting or credit history issues. For these families, finding housing may take longer.”

Doocey urged vulnerable families or single people who want to access the new temporary emergency accommodation service to speak to their nearest Work and Income NZ office. “Referrals are from the social housing register and to get onto the register, people must contact their nearest WINZ office.”