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Church leaders plead for affordable houses

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/05/2017

The leaders of five churches and the Salvation Army have met Prime Minister Bill English to plead for more affordable houses.

They've issued a joint statement saying they told him: "An insufficient supply of safe and affordable housing is contributing to a level of poverty that is fracturing the well-being of people and communities and hindering the educational progress of our children."

The leaders of the Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches and the Salvation Army's commissioner describe access to affordable housing as "perhaps the most important means to lift New Zealanders out of poverty".

They thanked the government for increased support for homeless people, but asked for long-term housing problems to be addressed.

The meeting appears to have taken place before Mr English left for Japan on Tuesday.

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