Warning more Aucklanders face winter without homes

From Morning Report, 7:10 am on 11 April 2017

Emergency housing providers are warning more homeless families will be sleeping in cars, parks and garages in Auckland this winter because of a desperate shortage of cheap accommodation.

Emergency providers are warning more families will be sleeping in cars this winter. One housing trust is getting up to a dozen enquiries every day.

Emergency providers are warning more families will be sleeping in cars this winter. One housing trust is getting up to a dozen enquiries every day. Photo: Supplied

They say the crisis is worse this year because emergency motel units are already full and at least one marae will not be reopening its doors.

The Ministry of Social Development's deputy chief executive of housing, Scott Gallacher, says they are doing what they can and plan to buy a few motels to help provide shelter for homeless people.

Cimarron Motel

Cimarron Motel Photo: RNZ / Eva Corlett

But he concedes motels are not ideal and says the ministry can't guarantee that people won't be sleeping in cars, tents and garages this winter.

"What I can let people know is that the Ministry of Social Development is absolutely committed to everyone in our community to make sure we leave no stone unturned to provide people with safe, secure accommodation whether it's temporary or long term."

The Salvation Army says moves by the government to buy more motels for homeless people is a sign of the pressure on emergency accommodation around the country.

Salvation Army's policy analyst Alan Johnson says motels are the only way to get accommodation quickly.

Families take what can with them to emergency housing in a motel at $190 per night

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly