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Extra funding to keep vulnerable people housed

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The government has announced more than a hundred million dollars in extra funding for vulnerable people in need of housing. 

Housing Minister Megan Woods announced the funding today. She says finding safe accommodation for vulnerable people through the COVID-19 pandemic has been a “key priority” for the government.

“People living rough or in accommodation where social distancing was not possible were especially vulnerable to COVID-19.”

Since the alert levels were put in place, more than 1100 additional motel units have been secured for people living rough and homeless by government agencies, community housing, iwi and Māori providers.

“As of this weekend 876 units have vulnerable individuals and whānau living in them and they are being supported with social services.”

New funding of $107.6 million will ensure they continue to be housed for the longer term, with 1600 units being funded. 

She says $31m of the new funding will provide wrap-around services to support those people's needs. 

“Many of the people living in the motels have high and complex needs and it’s crucial they get support." 

She says the funding will enable people to stay housed until we can secure more long-term housing supply.

“Work is already underway to look at more permanent housing for those that have been housed during the lockdown.

The government has a plan to bring on more public housing including an additional 1,000 transitional housing places announced as part of the Homelessness Action Plan in February. 

“As the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, the government’s build programme and work with the construction sector will resume to bring on more housing at pace,” Megan says. 

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