WHAT ABOUT THE WOMEN?
Dr Paul Quigley was involved in the Te Whare Oki Trust, which set out to establish a wet house or a hostel for homeless alcoholics where total abstinence would not be a condition of staying there. The hospital board co-operated with Work and Income, Housing New Zealand, the Downtown Community Ministry and Wellington City Council to cater to the homeless or intoxicated who often appeared at emergency departments with injuries. He still had concerns for female alcoholics, who are often not recognised as homeless but the screening finds they do not have permanent addresses. Homeless alcoholic men can turn to the Night Shelter, but women cannot, nor can they go to the Women’s Refuge because it won’t accept them while they are drinking. ‘‘There is still a need for a small domestic facility for women where alcohol is the problem,’’ he said.