Thursday, July 18, 2024

MBIE activates temporary housing service

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) has been activated for the Auckland floods, and is accepting registrations from displaced residents who need assistance finding temporary accommodation.

In a statement, the Ministry said TAS was working closely with Auckland Emergency Management to ensure a seamless transition into the Service.

People affected by the Auckland floods who have a current, or expected future need for temporary accommodation, are encouraged to register with TAS now by:

“TAS staff are in the process of locating safe, secure and accessible temporary accommodation options for displaced people. They are working with other responsible agencies who can provide ‘wrap around’ services such as social services, mental health support, financial support and other resources,” the Ministry said.

“There is no one size fits all solution for people who require temporary accommodation and TAS is looking into a range of options.”

TAS initially looks to the private rental market to source temporary accommodation for people registered with the service.

MBIE has a responsibility to coordinate temporary accommodation following an emergency, as per the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan Order 2015.

“The team will work with every household in the Auckland region who needs their service, to connect them with available accommodation,” said Housing Minister, Megan Woods.

Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty says “the Government will continue to support communities badly hit by the flooding and storm damage in the upper North Island.”

“Government agencies, councils, relevant Ministers and sector groups are working together to assess the storm’s impact, and determine where support is needed most,” he said.

“At this early stage, we are still understanding household needs and will have a fuller picture over the upcoming weeks as more people register with our services. However, the level of damage and displacement indicates that TAS support is needed in the Auckland region,” said Minister Woods.

If you find yourself and your household needing assistance in finding temporary accommodation, please visit the MBIE website where you can register with the Temporary Accommodation Service www.temporaryaccommodation.mbie.govt.nz.   

Alternatively, email aucklandfloodtempaccom@mbie.govt.nz or call 0508 754 163 to discuss your needs.   

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