|Moana* was almost full-term in her pregnancy with her third child, when she had to leave the home
she shared with her sister, as she was moving to Australia. Moving into her parents’ home with her husband and children, they shared a mattress on the kitchen floor in the Housing New Zealand home. After giving birth to a healthy baby, they assessed their situation and knew that the living arrangements were less than suitable. After speaking to a Monte Cecilia Social Worker, they gained transitional housing - a short term solution that provided them with a little breathing space. Having settled into transitional housing, the family were forced to move once again - this time, with a happier outcome. A new social housing home was provided and their social worker helped set them up with furniture and their application for Moana’s husbands’ work visa.
*Moana – Not her real name.