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Politicians Urged To Focus On Affordable Housing Issues

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Wellington, Oct 2 NZPA - Political candidates should focus on those most at need when they debate the issue of affordable housing, the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) says.

"Every election politicians seem to concentrate on the political mileage to be made from appealing only to sides of an issue they consider appeal most to the so-called average voter.

"On an issue like housing, this can mean that those who are most marginalised from living in safe and healthy housing are almost excluded from the public debate," NZCCSS Housing and Poverty Policy Group convenor Karen Morrison-Hume said.

"Housing affordability is not just about home ownership -- it's also about people who may never own a house and who experience often extreme housing needs every day."

Ms Morrison-Hume said political candidates in next month's election need to be questioned about housing issues beyond the increasingly elusive dream of home ownership.

She said the greatest areas of concern were housing the homeless and emergency housing, building enough affordable housing in the state and community sector, and establishing standards for good quality and environmentally sustainable housing.

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