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Good progress on emergency housing: Adams

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/05/2017

The government expects to have nearly 1600 emergency housing places available by the end of June.

Social Housing Minister Amy Adams says they'll help about 6400 families a year with their short-term accommodation needs.

"We're securing new places all the time, with another 136 places expected in Auckland by the end of the month," she said on Thursday.

"By the end of June, we're on track to have 1598 places available at any one time. Overall, this will help around 6392 families."

Ms Adams says with winter approaching, the demand for warm, safe housing will peak.

"We are focused on having a significant number of housing places available for those who need it."

The government has faced numerous reports of homeless families living in cars and garages, and reacted by setting aside $354 million for emergency housing.

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