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By CATE BROUGHTON
find a home.
JESSICA GUTSCHLAG has been
told she could lose her children if
she doesn t find a home in the
Last week, the 20-year-old
Rangiora woman resorted to
camping in her grandmother s
lounge with her two young chil-
dren, 8-month-old Gracie and
Patricia Gutschlag, 61, who
already provides a home for her
17-year-old grandson, admits tak-
ing Jessica and her children too
Recently, Jessica s mother and
step-father in Kaiapoi told her she
had to move out. She sought re-
fuge at her grandmother s home.
She has spent the last eight
months looking for rental
accommodation in Rangiora and
Kaiapoi, and has been to dozens of
I have been looking at any-
thing under $350 a week.
Despite filling in numerous
applications, she has never been
accepted and says she feels dis-
When she asked one property
manager why she was unsuccess-
ful, she was told the decision was
up to the property owner.
Jessica hasn t taken out a lease
on her own, but says she has
always paid her way in board and
kept a tidy house.
She has also offered to have
Work and Income New Zealand
(WINZ) pay the rent directly into
a landlord s account.
Now she has been told Child
Youth and Family will have to
get involved if she cannot provide
a home for her children.
I was pretty upset, to be
honest. There s nothing wrong
with my parenting -- it s just that
people won t give me a chance.
Patricia Gutschlag feels awful
for her grand-daughter.
You have got to do what
you have got to do for your
State housing 'core responsibility of Govt'
By CATE BROUGHTON
WAIMAKARIRI MP Kate
Wilkinson is defending the
Government s efforts to address
the squeeze on affordable hous-
ing in the region.
In a statement to the Northern
Outlook, she says she is acutely
aware the earthquakes have
pushed up housing and rental
prices, but that the issue has
been with us for years .
The Government will be sup-
porting community organisations
to provide affordable housing,
which would assist people into
affordable rentals and home own-
ership, Ms Wilkinson said.
In a recent speech, Housing
Minister Nick Smith said his
ambition was to grow the com-
munity housing sector to 20 per
cent of New Zealand s social
housing over the next five years.
Labour s spokesman for
earthquake recovery, Clayton
Cosgrove, said state housing
was a core responsibility of the
government and his party was
committed to a state housing
What the National Govern-
ment wants to do is get out of
state housing and flick it on to
The thing about many com-
munity organisations, fantastic
though they are, is that many
would struggle to suddenly
become professional landlords
and property managers.
Mr Cosgrove said Labour had
also committed to building
100,000 new homes for affordable
purchase over 10 years, along
with a healthy home guarantee
scheme to ensure rental housing
met minimum standards.
Ms Wilkinson said land supply
issues were being addressed by
the Government through housing
accords with councils and current
reforms of the Resource Manage-
Reducing compliance and con-
struction costs will make it easier
for local families to afford their
To address immediate housing
needs, Ms Wilkinson said she
has asked the Minister for Social
Development to increase the
The Government s extension of
deadlines for owners of red-zoned
properties on a case-by-case basis
had also helped to alleviate
pressure on the market .
Waimakariri District Council-
lor Peter Allen said he welcomed
the council s decision to work
towards more social housing.
While the council won t be
building and selling houses itself,
it can provide strong, construc-
tive leadership to support those
organisations in our community
that wish to do this.
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