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Fewer people on housing waiting list

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/04/2016

The number of people on the social housing register - the waiting list - has fallen 4.6 per cent compared to the same time last year.

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says figures for the March quarter show there were 4585 people registered, and of those 1036 were already housed and were waiting for a more suitable property.

Social housing is mainly state homes plus some provided by community organisations.

Ms Bennett says the decline is the result of a more targeted approach to meeting individual needs.

"Regular contact with people on the register ensures ministry staff have the most up to date information about their circumstances," she said.

"Frontline staff working more closely with people to explore all alternative housing options is also helping to reduce the number of people on the register."

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