More beds, showers for homeless
Auckland CBD’s only emergency accommodation has received a $2 million council boost to help house the homeless.
The James Liston Hostel in Freemans Bay will use the funds to renovate bathrooms and activity rooms and to increase capacity by five new beds to a total of 40 beds.
Auckland Council’s Finance and Performance Committee approved the funding on Thursday from the City Centre Targeted Rate.
Auckland Council’s general manager of arts, community and events, Graham Bodman, said the decision is vital to help get the homeless off the streets.
‘‘The funding was identified as a practical pathway to help address Auckland’s rough sleeping challenge and, importantly, to help raise the health, wellbeing and dignity of Aucklanders experiencing homelessness.’’
The funding means the hostel can transition almost 240 people into permanent accommodation over the next two years via a 12 week in-house support programme, followed by tenancy sustainment services.
James Liston Hostel board chair Dame Diane Robertson said the funding will allow the hostel to reach its potential. ‘‘At this point in time the hostel’s ability to sustain positive outcomes for our clients is severely impacted by the current condition.’’
The number of homeless in the Auckland CBD is rapidly increasing, the Auckland City Mission says.