Call to combat homelessness in NZ

  • 30/03/2016
Call to combat homelessness in NZ

Auckland Council is calling for a national strategy to combat homelessness and end the problem in New Zealand.

Councillor Cathy Casey says homelessness is not unique to Auckland and the time has come for a government-led partnership with local councils to set a national target on the issue.

Ms Casey says without nationwide collaboration and funding, New Zealand will not see an end to increasing homelessness.

The housing shortage in Auckland is compounding the issue, and council funds have been allocated towards emergency housing initiatives, she says.

She acknowledged the Government's $2 million funding boost to provide more Auckland emergency housing, announced last September, but said providing housing was not enough.

"The Government needs to ensure there are adequate wrap around services to support people to stay there."