As Tauranga's population and popularity grows, so does its housing crisis. Figures show the number of people turning to the Government for help to get a roof over their head has increased dramatically in recent years. Bay of Plenty Times reporter Jean Bell investigates the reasons behind the rocketing statistics.

Emergency housing grants in Tauranga have skyrocketed more than 700 per cent in two years.

The grants are used to provide temporary accommodation in a hostel or motel contracted by the Ministry of Social Development.

In figures released to the Bay of Plenty Times under the Official Information Act,


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