The latest MSD report measuring material hardship shows that among children aged 0-17 those in social housing have much higher hardship rates.
Rates of hardship are measured by items lacking such as a, "meal with meat, fish or chicken (or vegetarian equivalent) at least each 2nd day" or shortfalls like "could not pay an unexpected and unavoidable bill of $500 within a month without borrowing." (See p14 for full list)
But a state house tenant should have more money left over after accommodation costs due to lower income-related rents.
Many state house occupants are young. According to Kainga Ora, with around 68,000 properties:
"Approximately 82,000 of our household occupants are under the age of 20, and 39,000 are under the age of ten: a critical time in child development. More than 30% of our tenancies belong to sole parents."
The next graph depicts under 65s with the red bars representing greatest hardship; dark green, the least.
Again, the worst hardship is in social housing, followed by private rental with accommodation supplement.
If social/state housing does such a poor job of alleviating material hardship, why the continued ideological attachment to it? At least subsidised private rental housing does a slightly better job bearing in mind those percentage differences represent thousands of individuals.From the report, one final related graph for you.
Lindsay Mitchell is a welfare commentator who blogs HERE.