Large family found sleeping rough
A homeless family-of-eight are among those sleeping rough on the streets of South Auckland.
The couple and their six children were recently found lying in the entry of the Manurewa Citizens Advice Bureau by its board chairman Gordon Myer when he arrived for work two mornings in a row.
‘‘They lay matting in the area and set their beds up in the foyer,’’ he says. ’’There’s another group of people who sleep around the back. There’s about seven or eight of them.’’
Myer says he had a brief conversation with the family, the youngest of whom appeared to be teenagers, he says.
‘‘They had three supermarket trolleys, one of which had food in it. They were polite and obliging and they swept up the place and left it neat and tidy. It’s very unfortunate they’ve been placed in that situation.’’
The bureau experienced a similar, but smellier, problem in early 2016. Its staff would find dirty blankets and puddles of urine left behind in the entrance each morning.
On one occasion the area was littered with cigarette butts and a lighter, empty alcohol cans, clothing, and small plastic bags sometimes associated with drug use.
Bureau staff have offered help and advice to homeless people they’ve found sleeping near their premises.
Gordon Myer says some of the homeless people who slept in the Manurewa Citizens Advice Bureau entrance in 2016 left behind a smelly mess.