13 Sep 2019

In a motel more than 600 days waiting for public housing

From Checkpoint, 5:10 pm on 13 September 2019

More than $126,000 of taxpayer's money has been spent on one person's motel stay while they waited for public housing to become available.

The stay covered more than 600 nights - despite the fact emergency housing grants are only supposed to cover seven night stays.

But as pressure for public housing grows, more and more people are spending weeks, and regularly months, in motels.

Checkpoint's Nita Blake-Persen reports.