Media Statement - National commits $41 million funding for emergency housing

Electorate news
Monday, May 16, 2016

Taupo residents will benefit from the Government’s multimillion-dollar dedicated funding for emergency housing for those in need, says local MP, Louise Upston.

“I am delighted by the Government’s announcement last week that Budget 2016 allocates more than $41 million over the next four years for emergency housing and non-recoverable Special Needs Grants.”

I regularly visit organisations whom provide social services in our community and recently visited the Citizens Advice Bureau in Cambridge.  The need for emergency housing has been a topic of discussion during these visits, so this additional funding will address this need in Taupo.

“Emergency housing can provide an essential safety net for people suffering personal or family crisis. The National-led Government is committed to supporting families and individuals who may have complex needs,” Ms Upston says.

“These announcements will provide extra support for families and women in need. Women, particularly sole parents, are among those who are most in need of emergency housing.  Therefore, the 3,000 emergency housing places across the country per year announced by Minister Bennett, will mean that more women and their children will have rooves over their heads.”

The funding, which fulfils a commitment National made to provide better access to emergency housing for our most vulnerable citizens who may be homeless, or victims of domestic violence.

This funding will enable the Ministry of Social Development to contract non-government organisations to provide the 3,000 emergency housing places each year around New Zealand. People can be housed for up to three months. There will also be a new emergency housing Special Needs Grant to support individuals and families with the cost of emergency housing for up to seven days if they are unable to access one of the contracted places. This grant will not have to be paid back.

Next month, the Ministry of Social Development will seek proposals from potential providers interested in delivering the contracted emergency housing places, with the first contracts expected to be in place by September. The Special Needs Grant will also be available from September.

If you would like to request more information,  need assistance with an issue, or would like to share your views with me on emergency housing or any other topic, please email  Upston.taupo@parliament.govt.nz or phone Angie in the electorate office on 07 376 5563.

Media Contact - Jess van Haarlem Ph: 021 809 393

Authorised by Louise Upston, 67 Paora Hapi Street, Taupo