The lounge is cramped with two bunk beds and an old sofa pushed up against the wall. A small fridge, sink and tiny convection oven make up the kitchen, which is an arm's-length away. One bedroom and bathroom complete the unit, which a mother of three has been trapped in for one year. Welcome to the world of emergency housing where Tauranga families are living in motels, holiday parks and camping grounds around the city. Reporter Carmen Hall talks to the people and the government department and reveals how much it has cost taxpayers in the past three months.

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