Posts Tagged ‘homelessness’

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

Wellington City Mission receives $10 million for new building

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

Wellington City Mission’s future community hub has received $10 million from the Government. The new building will have a community cafe, a social supermarket and 35 housing units designed to accommodate and care for people experiencing chronic homelessness. Read more Related Posts:Free-of-charge social supermarket opensCity Mission opens new transitional housing facilityIconic Wellington monastery to help Read more

Youth homelessness on the rise

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

Catholic charities in the UK are warning that that youth homelessness is on the rise. Young people are leading a significant rise in the number of people sleeping rough and facing homelessness in various ways. “If you care about homelessness, youth homelessness should be at the top of your agenda,” the chief executive of the Read more

Mental health, housing, and poverty exposed

Monday, September 21st, 2020

Communities struggling to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 lockdown are the subject of a new study by the Salvation Army. The study reports three major areas of concern seriously impacting New Zealand communities, a lack of mental health support, insecure housing and inadequate incomes. These areas of concern are forcing people to look Read more

Covid 19 coronavirus: Auckland charities bracing for second wave of homelessness

Monday, August 31st, 2020

A trickle of rough sleepers returning to Auckland streets is not a sign of rising homelessness, NGOs say. However, they are bracing for a second wave of homelessness in the city as the recession starts to bite. Read more Related Posts:Youth homelessness on the riseCatholic Social Service gets help from Amazon to end…From sleeping rough Read more