25 Mar 2011

Inquiry into the homeless wanted

8:59 am on 25 March 2011

A national hui on homelessness has called for an Parliamentary inquiry into the problem.

Iris Pahau from the Coalition to End Homelessness says Maori make up at least more than 80% of the homeless.

She says there is no government agency which takes the lead responsibility for dealing with it.

Ms Pahau told Waatea News the answer is not just more emergency and affordable housing, but getting homeless Maori connected back to the whanau and hapu they have lost touch with.