More beds, show­ers for home­less

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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.’’

GE­ORGE HEARD/FAIRFAX NZ

The num­ber of home­less in the Auck­land CBD is rapidly in­creas­ing, the Auck­land City Mis­sion says.

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