Auckland's housing shortage is forcing people to live in caravan parks, the council has been told.
Sophia Beaton, the co-ordinator of the Auckland Council's Regional Homeless Action Plan, told the Social and Community Development Forum yesterday that living in caravan parks and boarding houses was a reality for many people.
"One of the things about the boarding houses and caravan parks is that it is the only option for people.
"And we do have a housing shortfall in Auckland that is being addressed very slowly."
Beaton said there needed to be a continued focus on caravan parks and boarding houses to ensure they were maintained to a reasonable standard.
The council's Regional Homeless Action Plan was developed with community organisations in the homelessness sector to address the issue.
The plan for central Auckland is to focus on rough sleepers and for West Auckland it is about access to housing.
A forum for vulnerable tenants has been established in West Auckland and the council has helped fund a social services hub in the Western Village Caravan Park.
Beaton said it was important future plans continued to address the housing shortage, and for the council to build relationships with the parks and boarding houses.
"That way, when there are complaints about poor conditions they are immediately seen to."
Beaton also said it would allow social services to get in touch with those people who are living there more easily.
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