The Labour Party will more than double the amount of emergency housing places if in Government, leader Andrew Little has announced today.

In the first of three housing announcements to mark Labour's 100th anniversary, Labour has committed to funding 1400 extra accommodation places for the homeless.

Speaking at Monte Cecilia Housing Trust in Mangere, Mr Little said that would be enough to put a roof over the heads of 5100 homeless people a year.

The policy would require an additional $60 million in funding over four years, he said.


It would raise the total emergency housing places to 2200 beds at any one time - up from current levels of 800 beds.

"Too many of our families will spend this winter living in cars, couch surfing or cramped into the lounges and garages of relatives," Mr Little said in statement.

"It is a disgrace."