Having a home is crucial to our ability to care for ourselves and our whānau.
We particularly need somewhere good to retreat to as we manage the additional impacts created by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is where the country’s community housing providers come in.
They house thousands of people in affordable homes every year. During COVID-19, they have continued to provide essential services for people struggling to find somewhere decent to live. This is vital work to ensure that all New Zealanders have good homes. This will help us through the pandemic together.
The difference between having a good home and not having one is stark. It is neither a luxury nor a ‘nice to have’ – it is a human right. Aotearoa New Zealand, along with other countries across the globe, are failing to deliver this right for too many of our citizens.
Our immediate focus is to get all of our houseless whānau into homes. We also need to ensure we don’t place anyone into this situation ever again.