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The importance of home

chris-glaudelChris Glaudel

Deputy Chief Executive | Community Housing Aotearoa

I hope you’re all staying healthy and safe.

And importantly – I hope you all have somewhere healthy and safe to stay.

Because having a home is crucial to our ability to care for ourselves and our whānau during the four-week Covid-19 lockdown.

Having a good home makes all the difference in our lives at any time (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChLV-SRcfskv7AM3g3QqWbA) but we particularly need somewhere good to retreat to now, during this pandemic. Unfortunately, not all New Zealanders have that (https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL2003/S00190/self-isolating-is-impossible-for-tens-of-thousands-of-new-zealanders-unless-we-help-them-fast.htm).

This is where the country’s community housing providers come in. They house thousands of people in affordable homes every year, and in the midst of Covid-19 in New Zealand they are continuing to provide essential services for people struggling to find somewhere decent to live. This is vital work to ensure that all New Zealanders have good homes so that we can get through this pandemic together.

The difference between having a good home, right now, and not having one is stark.  It is neither a luxury nor a ‘nice to have’ – it is a human right.  We, along with countries across the globe, are failing to deliver this right for too many of our citizens.  Our immediate focus is to quickly get all of our houseless whānau into homes, but when this has passed we will need to ensure we don’t place anyone into this situation ever again.

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