It’s an inalienable human right – the right to housing. Articulated in the key United Nations human rights documents, like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it’s also long been seen as a right that governments have a duty to ensure and provide for.
Yet in recent years in New Zealand there’s no escaping the visible rise in the number of homeless people sleeping rough. There’s no avoiding the tales of people desperately searching for safe and adequate accommodation. It’s impossible to deny the country is in the grip of a housing crisis.