You can fix homelessness - Twyford
Take this seriously - that's the message Labour's Phil Twyford wants the Government to hear as he prepares to release the findings of the cross-party homelessness inquiry today.
"I don't think any New Zealander feels good about the fact we've got pensioners living out their days in suburban campgrounds and kids growing up in vans and cars."
Labour's housing spokesman thinks the answer to fixing the homelessness crisis lies within the pages of the report and is urging the Government to take a look.
"It's our strong conviction that the homelessness problem can be fixed, that it simply takes the political will and a Government that's willing to invest into resources into fixing the problems," he said.
"This is something that can be dealt with and we believe that the solutions are all there and available to the Government if it chooses to pick them up."
Labour, the Greens and the Maori Party teamed up for the inquiry which included a five-stop travelling road-show around the country to hear from those who are homeless, or those who provide services to the homeless. It's all culminated in this report.
"We're going to make some high level recommendations about what's needed to fix the problem and what it's going to cost."
The report makes 20 recommendations - four of them are what Mr Twyford calls "major".
"Really the kind of broad brush strokes that the Government needs to adopt if it's serious about fixing the problem," he said.
The report will be launched by Hurimoana Dennis - chairman of Te Puea Marae which was responsible for housing many of south Auckland's homeless over winter.
Mr Dennis has also provided the introduction to the report.
On top of the recommendations the report also puts forward ideas on how to ramp up wrap around services to ensure the wider issues contributing to homelessness are dealt with as well.
"There are also many good practical ideas about how services are delivered that came out of the inquiry and we'll also lay them on the table too," Mr Twyford said.
It's been timed to coincide with World Homelessness Day on Monday.
In the past three months the Government has:
Organisers of the World Homeless Day event in Auckland on Monday said it would be the largest to date and was moved to Aotea Square because of increased awareness of the issue.
Live performances, information, artwork, food, and music are planned.
"World Homeless Day is a chance for members of the public to engage with homelessness in a different way," says Auckland City Missioner Chris Farrelly.
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