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Government support to bring the acclaimed Housing First programme to Wellington will make a real difference for the homeless, National’s Wellington Central candidate Nicola Willis says.

The National Government today announced 150 "Housing First" places will be funded in Wellington to support the chronically homeless.

"No Wellingtonian wants people to be sleeping rough. And we know that tackling homelessness is about more than just putting a roof over someone’s head,” Ms Willis says.

"We need to ensure homeless people receive the wrap-around care to support them maintain a tenancy, whether that be help with addiction, mental health issues or returning to the community after time in prison.

"I’m 100% behind the “Housing First” approach which puts someone in a house then connects them with the services they need to maintain that tenancy.

"Wellington already has some great services like DCM working to support our city's rough sleepers. Today's announcement will reinforce and build on those efforts.

“Rolling out and funding successful social initiatives like this around New Zealand is only possible because of National’s responsible economic management, which gives us positive choices like supporting those most in need.

“We have to stick with National’s clear economic plan so we can afford to do even more for all New Zealanders, especially our most vulnerable,” Ms Willis says.

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