Four motels have been bought by the Government to temporarily house the homeless – and it’s looking at buying two more.
National has been putting people up in motels – and even buying some – as it struggles with the number of people living on the streets, in cars and in garages.
Nearly $8.5 million has been spent buying the four motels, one each in Auckland, Hastings, Gisborne and Napier.
Labour says the cost of those motels is double the latest available valuation, although the Government has disputed that.
Opposition MP Carmel Sepuloni says hundreds of state houses have been sold in those areas – and asked Social Housing Minister Amy Adams why that is the case in Parliament today.
“The needs of transitional housing developments are quite different,” Ms Adams said.
$34 million is being spent on emergency accommodation, providing bedrooms for people for up to three months at a time.
The Government also revealed today it planned to spend $36 million over the next four years insulating over 10,000 Housing New Zealand homes.