Posts Tagged ‘homelessness’

Blistering attack: Struggling families support way off the mark

Monday, May 23rd, 2022

Support for struggling families, our homeless whanau and those living in poverty has not been up to the task for decades says Bernie Smith, CEO of Auckland’s Catholic Monte Cecilia Housing Trust. He is adamant. We might want to blame COVID and the war in Ukraine for our economic woes, he says. But everyone (except Read more

Construction begins on cabin community for homeless

Thursday, May 12th, 2022

A housing project aimed at helping people living in emergency accommodation move into stable housing has started construction in Nelson. The Cabins for Community project would see eight single-room cabins placed at 236 Vanguard Street on land owned by Victory Community Anglican Church. Under the direction of the Salvation Army’s Housing First programme, people living Read more

Community support turns homeless man’s life around

Monday, April 4th, 2022

Community support is helping turn a homeless man’s life around. All it took was one man who put out a call and help came from all directions. The former rough sleeper’s name is Richard (pictured with some supporters including Nick Smith – right). Until recently, Richard was living in a tent on the outskirts of Read more

Vinnies’ innovative housing project to house seven young families

Monday, March 7th, 2022

Catholic voluntary organisation St Vincent de Paul (Vinnies) has come up with an innovative housing project that will see seven young Christchurch families at a time into warm, dry, secure and affordable homes. So far 55 per cent of the funds needed to complete the project are already confirmed and a fundraising strategy is in Read more

Auckland City Mission has new home

Thursday, March 3rd, 2022

Ten years after the Auckland City Mission – Te Tāpui Atawhai – began working on finding a new home, it has finally opened its doors. Called HomeGround, Auckland City Missioner Helen Robinson (pictured at the new facility) says its new one-stop health and social services space for the city’s most vulnerable people realises a long-held Read more

Evicted pregnant mother of four finally finds a home

Monday, February 14th, 2022

A pregnant mother, who is expecting her fifth child and has been evicted from her home of six years, is finally breathing easily. Palmerston North mother Lisa Wesselson made a desperate plea for housing when the place she called home was suddenly not hers anymore. Toxic mould had become evident in the house her family Read more

Catholic archdiocese building up to 20 tiny shelters on church land this winter

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021

Last fall, when Roman Catholic archbishop Brian Dunn moved into his position, replacing longtime archbishop Anthony Mancini, he wrote a pastoral letter outlining four priorities for his sphere of influence, the Halifax-Yarmouth archdiocese. Three of those are very specific to church affairs, including the religious teaching called catechesis. The other priority is homelessness. “It was Read more

Warm shower, clothes washed and a chat; restoring dignity in hard times

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

A new Orange Sky hybrid laundry and shower van began operating on Auckland’s streets on Wednesday. It is a second service for the city which accounts for nearly half the country’s homeless population. Orange Sky’s NZ Operations Manager Eddie Uini says many New Zealanders are continuing to face hard times in order to endure the Read more

Hundreds of homeless families to get permanent housing

Monday, November 1st, 2021

Hundreds of homeless families in Victoria, Australia, who have been staying in state-funded hotels during lockdowns will be found a permanent place to live. Housing Minister Richard Wynne says the state government’s $66-million investment will go towards supporting 250 families, including 400 children. They will be able to stay in hotels after next February’s cut-off Read more

Catholic emergency housing provider has a 279-family waitlist

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

A Catholic emergency housing provider says Government decisions are making it harder to find homes for families. The number of homeless waiting for accommodation has ballooned during the COVID-19 lockdown, says Auckland Diocese’s Monte Cecilia Trust. A spokesperson says the shortage is a result of the Government scrapping ‘redirect’ contracts. These contracts saw community housing Read more