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Govt achieves emergency housing target

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/09/2016
Paula Bennett © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images Paula Bennett

The government's target of having 3000 emergency housing places available for desperate people has been achieved.

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says she has 3032 places and she's looking for more.

"These places will make a huge difference to people in extreme housing need," she said on Tuesday.

"Targeted funding - the first of its kind by any government - means providers can focus on their core work rather than worry about funding."

Emergency housing places are for people who need somewhere safe to stay while more permanent housing is found for them.

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