Halv­ing Auck­land’s home­less­ness

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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.

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