Show­ers for Auck­land’s home­less

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - TOM CARNEGIE

Po­ten­tial show­ers for Auck­land’s home­less are be­ing be­ing praised as a prac­ti­cal way the coun­cil can help those sleep­ing rough.

Auck­land Coun­cil’s city ad­vi­sory board has been in­ves­ti­gat­ing a po­ten­tial CBD site where a trial shower can be in­stalled.

In the board’s Septem­ber agenda it states it has been in­ves­ti­gat­ing a po­ten­tial shower fa­cil­ity at a new pub­lic toi­let block on El­liot Street.

‘‘The shower is a pi­lot to sup­port the needs of home­less peo­ple, which will be care­fully mon­i­tored so that any is­sues that may arise can be re­solved quickly.’’

How­ever, John Dun­shea, gen­eral man­ager of the de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme of­fice at Auck­land Coun­cil says the pi­lot pro­gramme at the El­liot St site will now not be go­ing ahead.

‘‘Through the coun­cil’s De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme Of­fice we are now un­der­tak­ing an as­sess­ment of pos­si­ble pub­lic shower ameni­ties else­where in the city cen­tre,’’ Dun­shea says.

Wilf Holt, a team leader at the Auck­land City Mis­sion, says the fa­cil­i­ties show one of the prac­ti­cal ways the coun­cil can help those liv­ing on the streets.

‘‘Ini­tia­tives like this do show a sea change in thought. Ten years ago you would be hard pressed to find a coun­cil any­where in the coun­try who would be will­ing to even ac­knowl­edge there is a home­less prob­lem.’’

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Auck­land Coun­cil is in­ves­ti­gat­ing CBD sites to pi­lot a shower fa­cil­ity for rough sleepers.

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