Auckland's housing crisis is now so bad the Mayor wants to try and convince people with empty investment properties to let homeless people live in them.

Empty homes are being touted as a possible solution for Auckland's struggling families. Auckland Council is talking to the Government about ways of using the thousands of "ghost houses" lying empty around the city.

Advertising an Auckland apartment as being in an area lacking homeless men or state tenants has been branded "totally insensitive".

List has more than doubled in size to 14,500 in two years since Jacinda Ardern promised to fix crisis.

The waiting list for public housing has hit a new high - reaching nearly 14,500 households.