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'People are desperate': Housing pressure pain in Dunedin

News Summed Up 2019-12-03 05:30:00

Photo: ODTSome people in Dunedin are resorting to staying in violent relationships to keep a roof over their head. Not that long ago Dunedin was seen as an affordable city, but a rapid upswing in growth means its most vulnerable residents are under pressure. Earlier this year, the Mayor's Taskforce for Housing released a report showing house prices sat at almost six times the median wage and hundreds of households faced housing stress. "People are desperate and you look at open homes there's 10s and 20s of families desperate to find somewhere." There was not enough public housing in the city and the council had a role to play in addressing that, he said.