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Q&A | Piet Ubels on building tiny houses to address homelessness

Homelessness is a growing issue in New Zealand. The latest census data (2013) shows that more than 40,000 people in the country are without a home – a figure up 15 per cent from the previous census. That is to say – according to the official government definitions – close to 1 in 100 New Zealanders have exhausted all options to acquire safe and secure housing and are therefore homeless. This includes people living in cars, garages, temporary short-term accommodation and sleeping rough.

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