There is a housing crisis going on in Hamilton right now! Too many families and whānau are permanently living in hotels and motels.
This is an embarrassment to our city, because when events are on – there is NO accommodation for our visitors. Hamilton, – we can do better.
Fieldays 2021, visitors and exhibitors were forced to sleep in their vehicles, bunk in spare rooms and stay in other outer town cities. Hamilton is in a DIRE shortage of accomodation, and our current Council are aware, have had time to put a plan-in-place and have FAILED our city. Our Mayor states our city needs a new hotel. That is not addressing the problem. Another new hotel will just become another MIQ Covid-19 facility. Yes, – we may need more hotels and motels in Hamilton. But what is more important is LONG-term living options for those permanently living in our city’s hotels and motels.
There are multiple empty buildings up for Lease currently in the CBD. I propose CBD be re-zoned to allow more housing for people, with urgent builds on Apartments to quickly accomodate a place of residence for those currently living in motels and hotels. In doing so, will SAVE the future of our Tourism and short-term accommodation options here in our City.
Long term housing should not and should never be in a hotel / motel. I imagine that is incredibly damaging to a person’s mental health, by not having a permanent address that they can relax and call HOME.
I want to confront the Hamilton Housing issues immediately and make changes to the current lack of housing in our city.