Homelessness part and parcel of Christchurch social crisis

Homelessness part and parcel of Christchurch social crisis

April 30, 2015

Christchurch's lack of affordable housing isn't the only social crisis in the city according to Human Rights Commissioner Richard Tankersley. 

Commissioner Tankersley made these comments at a Christchurch City Council forum aimed at tackling the problem of homelessness in the city adding that the issue of homelessness is not just about affordability, it's about quality as well.

"Affordability is not enough though, the human right that applies to housing is the right to adequate housing, not to just affordable housing."

The latest figures into Christchurch's housing situation reveal that 2,200 people are now living in temporary accommodation - up 50% from 2006 - and 700 more people are living in mobile homes and makeshift shelters.

Overcrowding has climbed slightly too with more than 25,000 people now living in crowded households - 1000 more than before the Christchurch earthquakes.

The New Zealand Herald reports that there is an increasing number of homeless people in Christchurch, particularly women and children, and that emergency housing and shelters are struggling to cope.

Richard Tankersley says there's a dialogue that's not happening in New Zealand, and it's leaving vulnerable residents in the lurch.

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Posted by New Zealand Human Rights Commission on Wednesday, 29 April 2015

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