so what happens when the tourists are back?
Nelson’s housing market has been notoriously tight for a long time – but with the return of international tourists, some moteliers are choosing not to host emergency accommodation or Housing First clients.
The Male Room drop-in centre manager Louis Chapman said the facility had its busiest day ever last week, with 56 people through the doors.
“It’s far from your typical homeless people that are struggling to get houses at the moment,” Chapman said.
“It's now gone to people who are working full time, families, mothers, [and] kids.”
And there were vulnerable men and women living in tents.