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Govt cash for emergency housing places

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/05/2016

The government will spend more than $40 million to fund 3000 emergency housing places each year.

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says the government will provide $41.1 million over the next four years for emergency housing and grants.

"Emergency housing provides an essential safety net for people in crisis, and is an opportunity to intervene and support families with complex needs," she said.

It is the first time the government will fund emergency housing places.

"Emergency housing providers told us accessing funding to provide these places was difficult so now, for the first time, emergency housing will have ongoing, dedicated funding," Mrs Bennett said.

The funding will allow non-governmental organisations to provide about 3000 emergency housing places each year.

A new special needs grant to pay for emergency housing for up to seven days if they can't access a contracted place.

The first contracts are expected to be in place by September.

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