Prime Minister Bill English has downplayed a surge in demand for emergency housing grants, saying the government support is “flushing out” Kiwis in need of help.
The Government set up a special needs grant for emergency housing last year, following reports of a rise in homelessness.
However, while it planned to give out 1400 grants a year, 8860 grants were made in the last quarter of 2016 alone, Newshub reported.
This is no surprise. Once the emergency housing went from an advance to a grant, of course demand would skyrocket. Smash up your state house and get evicted, and you get put up in a motel for free!