Posts Tagged ‘homelessness’

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

One man’s efforts to change homelessness in Hastings community

Thursday, October 7th, 2021

Build relationships, not programmes, are the words of wisdom from one man behind the success of assisting homelessness in Hastings. Hastings Church lead pastor Warren Heke​ said addressing a homeless community with a one-size-fits-all approach would never work. He became involved with the homeless community five years ago after a Sunday service, and hasn’t stopped Read more

Homeless locked out, back on streets between lockdowns

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

There’s no provision for homeless people between lockdowns in Victoria. The government provides funds for emergency hotel accommodation during lockdowns – but once the crisis is over, the homeless are out on their own again. It’s back to the streets or unstable housing. Housing providers say the on-again, off-again provisions are frustrating. They can’t always Read more

Government project targets ‘ghost houses’ to encourage owners to fill empty homes

Thursday, August 5th, 2021

A new government project is investigating how to locate empty ‘ghost homes’, find their owners, and encourage them to bring them back to being occupied. Stuff can reveal the Government has allocated $500,000 towards testing initiatives that aim to encourage owners to fill their empty properties. The initiatives are being run under an initiative called Read more

NZ’s admired COVID response helps fuel housing crisis

Monday, April 19th, 2021

Welfare agencies are concerned about the worsening housing crisis, soaring homelessness and inequality. New Zealand’s pandemic-inspired policies have translated into cheaper mortgages, allowing affluent “kiwis” to upsize their homes and build up portfolios of rental investment properties, fuelling a further surge in house prices. “Inequality was always growing, but COVID-19 is the proverbial straw that Read more

From sleeping rough and carrying a knife for protection to aiming for home ownership

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

When Hine Joseph was 18 years old, she was living on the street and carrying a penknife for protection. Three years later, she is securely housed in a flat managed by VisionWest Community Trust, in West Auckland, and says her biggest goal is finding a regular job and, one day, moving into a place she Read more

People pushed into poverty: Government won’t raise benefits

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has rejected a plea from 59 organizations to lift the level of welfare payments before Christmas. Trade unions, charities and poverty action groups were among those asking the government to address mass unemployment and poverty. Working through umbrella group ActionStation Aotearoa [New Zealand], the groups published an open letter, saying the Read more

‘Jesus the Homeless’ attracts prompt police action

Monday, October 19th, 2020

Within minutes of being installed outside a US church, a statue called ‘Jesus the Homeless’ attracted attention and a police call-out. The bronze statue, depicting Jesus Christ as a homeless person lying under a blanket, had only been installed in the Cleveland churchyard for 20 minutes before the police were informed. The church’s pastor Fr Alex Read more

Catholic Social Service gets help from Amazon to end homelessness.

Monday, October 12th, 2020

More than 10,000 Anchorage families live in poverty, with a looming risk of homelessness, and hundreds more already stay in temporary shelters, a number expected to rise amid the coronavirus pandemic. With grant funding from Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos, Catholic Social Services expects to make a serious dent in Anchorage’s home crisis as it Read more

St Patrick’s School Taupō raises $2400 for homeless

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Taupo’s St Patrick’s Catholic School Year 7 and 8 students stayed in cardboard boxes last Thursday night and fasted on Friday. Sponsored by friends and family, the students raised $2400 to go towards backpack bedrolls and sleeping bags and washing facilities for the homeless, and also for foodbanks in Taupō and Tūrangi. Read more Related Read more