Thousands still homeless in Christchurch

Community groups say the housing crisis in Christchurch is still dire.

Census figures show 700 more people are living in temporary dwellings and overcrowded houses since the quakes.

And while some make their own decision to live rough, others are simply forced to.

The figures show that 2,200 people in Christchurch are now living in temporary accommodation - up 50% from 2006 - and 700 more people are living in mobile homes and makeshift shelters. Overcrowding has climbed slightly too with more than 25,000 people now living in crowded households - 1000 more than before the quakes.

The Government has built four temporary villages, with two more on the way, and 3000 homes are being rebuilt a year. But it will take another three years before housing stock is back to pre-quake levels.

Housing Minister Nick Smith says it does concern him but "it was absolutely inevitable the moment the earthquake munted those 12,000 houses".

Michael Wright from the Salvation Army says the numbers don't take into consideration the people who are doubling up or tripling up in houses, with two or three families in one house.

Meanwhile the Labour Party announced today plans to provide 10,000 affordable homes in the city in four years.

And it also vowed to increase the accommodation supplement for Cantabrians until the housing crisis is fixed.

Rise in overcrowding as 700 more people living in temporary dwellings since the quakes. Source: 1 NEWS

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