City sleep­out aims to help the home­less


The Sal­lies are of­fer­ing a brief taste of what home­less­ness is like.

Palmer­ston North’s Sal­va­tion Army so­cial ser­vices mis­sion co­or­di­na­tor Peter Bar­ton has is­sued an in­vi­ta­tion for city peo­ple to take part in the an­nual 14 Hours Home­less sleep­over in the citadel car park on the cor­ner of Princess and Church St on Fri­day night.

It might be Black Fri­day, but those tak­ing part can count them­selves lucky, as they will be fed and en­ter­tained dur­ing the evening, and know that in the morn­ing they have a home to go back to after their one-off sleep­ing rough ex­pe­ri­ence, have a shower and a cooked break­fast.

In the past year, Bar­ton said the lo­cal corps had sup­ported 77 in­di­vid­u­als or fam­i­lies caught up in home­less sit­u­a­tions, up from 37 the pre­vi­ous year.

‘‘Home­less­ness comes in many forms. There are the rough sleepers, but there are also those who are sleep­ing in cars, in garages, or shar­ing a house with two or three other fam­i­lies.

‘‘The idea is to reg­is­ter for an ex­pe­ri­ence, or to get peo­ple to spon­sor you sleep­ing rough. We will pro­vide card­board, but you will have to bring along your own couch.’’

Last year, the money raised from the sleep­over helped 87 peo­ple with emer­gency hous­ing, ac­cess to med­i­cal ser­vices and help with pre- scrip­tion costs.

Regis­tra­tion is from 5.30pm, with a meal at 7.30pm. Fur­ther de­tails can be found on Face­book and on the 14 Hours Home­less web­site.


The Sal­va­tion Army’s Peter Bar­ton, with Kat Eden and Cap­tain Michelle Lee test out card­board and couch sleep­ing ar­range­ments in prepa­ra­tion for 14 hours Home­less.

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