Homelessness in New Zealand - DOC

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Running head: HOMELESSNESS IN NEW ZEALANDHomelessness in New ZealandStudent NameInstitution Name
HOMELESSNESS IN NEW ZEALAND2Homelessness in New ZealandProject Description / IdeaAccording to statistics from the Organization for Economic Co-operation andDevelopment (OECD) (2017), New Zealand has one of the worst homelessness problem inthe developed world. Although the country employs a broad definition of homelessness toinclude people without shelter, those living in shared and temporary accommodation, andpeople living in inhabitable housing, OECD (2017) points out that homelessness has been onthe rise across New Zealand. Currently, it is estimated that 1% of New Zealand population ishomeless. In Auckland, the situation is not different from other major cities across NewZealand. The evidence of people living in cars, garages, motels and the growing list of peoplewaiting for state houses is a sufficient proof that homelessness is a major social and economicissue in the nation. Although several factors contribute to homelessness in Auckland,unemployment is the leading cause since it limits the residents' accommodation purchasingpower.The TaskAddressing unemployment issues in Auckland will significantly lower the currenthomelessness rates in the city. The current unemployment rates in Auckland stand at 5%(Statistics New Zealand, 2017). Such a high level of unemployment rate indicates that theresidents have a low economic capacity. Consequently, this reduced economic ability affectstheir ability to afford decent housing resulting to homelessness. Without a stable source ofincome, reducing housing costs or increasing housing supply will not improve the currenthomelessness situation. Moreover, the present strategy of offering emergency housing by thegovernment is not a long-lasting solution to the crisis. In this respect, the government shouldfocus on creating more employment opportunities to enhance the economic stability of
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