WHAT ABOUT THE WOMEN?

Kapi-Mana News - - REGIONAL -

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.

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