Bernie Smith, the chief executive of Monte Cecilia Housing Trust, argues that the Labour-led government is not doing enough to meet the housing needs of low-income families.

The Monte Cecilia Housing Trust has leased the properties in Pakuranga and Mount Roskill from both Auckland Transport and Housing New Zealand in a new multi-agency initiative.

Monte Cecilia Housing Trust chief executive Bernie Smith says the homelessness need across New Zealand is far greater than anyone ever predicted.

"It is stupid for the government to spend tens of millions on motel accommodation for homeless families when we have 33,000 empty homes in Auckland."

A major housing trust says the Government needs to put a great focus on social housing and affordable rentals, instead of first home ownership.