Halving Auckland’s homelessness
Tiny houses in Auckland Domain could provide temporary accommodation for inner-city homeless.
Homelessness has reached an all-time high in Auckland’s inner city, with the Auckland City Mission reporting 177 people sleeping rough within a threekilometre radius of the Sky Tower.
But Rob Thomas, Auckland Council candidate for the Waitemata & Gulf ward, says his plan could deliver housing for 70 innercity homeless within 90 days.
His proposal suggests that Auckland Council’s soon-to-be vacated Kari Street Nursery site in Auckland Domain be used to build 70 ‘‘tiny houses’’ to provide temporary emergency accommodation for the homeless.
‘‘Auckland Council has sat on its hands over the last year with $360,000 for temporary emergency housing and has achieved nothing.‘‘ he says.
The proposal wasn’t a longterm housing solution but would help those most at risk until longterm social housing became available.
Each tiny house would cost an estimated $3200 to build and provide shelter, warmth, lighting, solar USB charger and a storage locker, Thomas says.
The existing $360,000 annual budget would also cover the costs of 24-hour security, bathroom facilities, a bike shed and a large community garden.
A ‘Tiny House Village’ in Oregon, USA. The concept could provide an interim solution to housing Auckland’s homeless.