Posts Tagged ‘homelessness’

Paying the price – the thousands Gabrielle made homeless

Thursday, February 23rd, 2023

Significant concerns about housing have emerged again. Cyclone Gabrielle’s brutal aftermath has left thousands of people homeless. New Zealand already had a housing shortage – so where to accommodate the newly displaced is a huge question. Housing’s short. Demand exceeds supply. Rents are brutal. How will they – can they – pay the price? The Read more

Killer streets, revolting racism

Monday, November 21st, 2022

Killer streets and revolting racism summarise the Auckland City Missioner’s view of the world from a homeless person’s perspective. These streets are where hundreds of vulnerable people live – and die. A disproportionate number are Māori. Homelessness is a terrible situation, says Helen Robinson. It can take up to 30 years off someone’s life. It Read more

No deadline for phasing out motel emergency accommodation

Thursday, November 10th, 2022

The government cannot give a deadline for phasing out emergency motel accommodation, but the Social Development Minister told Checkpoint she would reveal the results of a review and redesign by the end of the year. A “bloody fiasco”, a “failed govt experiment”, and “tantamount to child abuse” – some of the descriptions of the accommodation. Read more

Monte Cecilia’s CEO will be missed

Monday, August 15th, 2022
Monte Ceclilia's outgoing CEO

It’s time to farewell Monte Cecilia’s outgoing CEO Bernie Smith. Smith told CathNew he is leaving on Wednesday. The Catholic housing trust has been flooded with messages since Smith announced his resignation last month. It’s clear he’ll be missed. Big time. Smith is modest about his involvement with the Trust. “Empowering the disempowered, housing the Read more

Rainbow community face high rates of homelessness – study

Monday, August 1st, 2022

The rainbow community faces homelessness at a significantly higher rate than other New Zealanders, new research shows. The study explored the relationship between Takatāpui/LGBTIQ+ and homelessness, and was carried out by researcher Dr Brodie Fraser. Earlier research from Fraser examined the experiences of eight people from the LGBTIQ+ community who had been homeless. There was Read more

A roof over their head: Churches use tiny homes for homeless

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

Churches across the US are tackling the big question of how to address homelessness in their communities with a small solution: tiny homes. On vacant plots near their parking lots and steepled sanctuaries, congregations are building everything from fixed and fully contained micro homes to petite, moveable cabins and several other styles of small-footprint dwellings Read more

Not the time to quietly sell public and state house land to private developers

Thursday, June 9th, 2022

Government plans to sell public and state house land to private developers risks making the outlook for tens of thousands of New Zealand families worse, says Monte Cecilia Housing Trust CEO Bernie Smith. It’s been dubbed the sale of the century: in Auckland, 230ha to 270ha of public or state land is quietly being sold Read more

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