HRC report shows need for more action on housing

The Green Party will continue pushing for change to ensure people don’t need to access emergency housing in the first place. 

“It is a human right for everyone to be able to access a  safe, warm, and  affordable home. Emergency housing should be accessible to anyone that needs it, and we also need to do everything we possibly can to reduce the need for motels by lifting incomes and building more public housing,” says Green Party spokesperson for public housing Ricardo Menéndez March. 

A report released today by the Human Rights Commission into emergency housing details how the current system is failing. 

“The Green Party has always prioritised action that will guarantee everyone a healthy, safe, and affordable home.

“The stories contained in the Human Rights Commission report are heart breaking. For those with no options for a secure home and forced to rely on  emergency housing, the system is failing. 

“Too often, people have no other option but to accept unsuitable, unsafe, and unhealthy accommodation, which can push them further into homelessness. 

“The Green Party has always been clear that emergency housing must be accessible to anyone that needs it, along with guaranteeing the right support and safety to ensure it uplifts people and whānau. 

“People living in emergency housing should be safe, able to maintain their dignity and access necessary support which is broad, flexible and responsive to their needs. 

“Today’s announcement that the Government will redesign the support services offered to those living in emergency housing and introduce standards for providers of grants will be critical in achieving this. 

“But we know it’s only a start. We need to protect people’s ability to access emergency housing and broader action to provide stable, affordable housing for everyone, once and for all. 

“Wider system changes such as raising incomes, rent controls, an increased supply in public housing and trusting the community to do the work themselves are required if we want to truly move away from a reliance on emergency housing,” says Ricardo Menéndez March. 

Latest Housing Announcements

Story

Government must build more public houses, not find excuses to sell them

The Green Party says the Government must use the review of Kāinga Ora as a platform to build more homes, not an excuse to sell them off. 
Read More

Story

No-cause evictions leave no hope for renters

The Government’s introduction of legislation that would enable landlords to end tenancies with no reason marks a dark day for the 1.4 million peopl...
Read More

Story

A win for Wellington - Greens welcome more housing

The Green Party is welcoming the announcement by the Minister Responsible for RMA Reform Chris Bishop to approve most of the Wellington City Counci...
Read More

Story

Landlord Government once again pushes renters into the cold

The Coalition is trying to axe yet another opportunity to improve rentals by dropping the Residential Property Managers Bill.
Read More

Story

Surprise: Landlord tax cuts don’t trickle down

The Green Party is renewing its call for rent controls following reports of rental prices hitting an all-time high.
Read More

Story

Landlord Government leaves little hope for renters

The Government’s announcement on tenancy rules prove that it does not care about renters. 
Read More