Labour makes housing policy announcement

(Simon Wong)
(Simon Wong)

Just as the Labour Party has turned 100 years old, it's announced an emergency housing policy.

It'll see an extra 5000 homeless people given a place to live if Labour gets elected into Government.

Labour's proposing to throw $60 million over four years at the homelessness problem, in a plan it says will provide an extra 1400 new beds.

It comes as Auckland and other main centres face a growing homelessness crisis, with more than 40,000 thousand Kiwis nationally sleeping rough.

The policy would bring the total temporary housing available to just over 8000 places.

It's one of three housing-related policies Labour will announce this week.