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Grants to move from Auckland kick in

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/06/2016
Paula Bennett © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images Paula Bennett

People struggling to find somewhere to live in Auckland will now be able to apply for a grant of up to $5000 to help them move out of the city.

The grants, announced by Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett the day before last month's budget, won't have to be paid back and will be available to people in social housing, on the social housing waitlist or eligible for social housing.

"For those people who may want to move to cheaper regions where they may have family and other support networks, this grant will remove the cost barrier that may be preventing them from making the move," Ms Bennett said. "This is voluntary and may not be for everyone, but it is just one of the many initiatives in place or being rolled out to help people in a very tight housing market."

The grant - which can be applied for at Work and Income from Monday - can be used for moving costs, bonds, letting fees and other expenses.

It can be used to move into a social house or a private rental. The amount of the grant will depend on factors such as the distance moved, household size and what belongings need to be moved.

But Labour Party leader Andrew Little is accusing the government of "simply kicking this problem down the road".

"Several agencies working with homeless have said this scheme will have little impact on Auckland's housing crisis," he said.

"Moving a few dozen families out of the city is simply not enough. This is knee-jerk policy at a time when the government should be laying out a credible plan to deal with homelessness and the wider housing crisis."

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