Treat housing as a social need, not just a commodity
This set of policy recommendations are aimed at the housing sector.
For all children to be guaranteed safe, affordable and secure housing, the next government must:
1. Stop over-incentivising private investment into rental property
2. Accelerate state and social house building to a target of 5000 homes a year within three years.
3. Continue to increase legal protection for tenants
4. Plan a shift away from reliance on rent subsidies to an increase in other income support programmes
Together, these policies - detailed here - are designed to ensure Aotearoa New Zealand appropriately acknowledges in practical terms that good housing is essential for children’s wellbeing; and treats housing as a right for all, including for children and their families.