Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Auckland Council tackles youth homelessness

Auckland Council tackles youth homelessness

A Youth Homelessness Forum set up by Auckland Council is focussed on challenges facing homeless young people and exploring possible solutions.

The forum on May 19 brought together agencies working with homeless youth, including LIFEWISE, Dingwall Trust and Affinity Services.

Auckland Council’s Community Development and Safety Chair Councillor Cathy Casey, who opened the forum, says young people are the ‘new homeless’ in Auckland.

“Auckland Council, Government and volunteer agencies must work in a co-ordinated manner to ensure young people have alternative housing options and the support services they need,” says Cr Casey.

“Supporting homeless young people today will lessen the cost to our health, police and justice sectors in the future. Youth homelessness is a common pre-cursor to homelessness in later life.

“Ratepayers contribute $50,000 a year to the Auckland Homeless Action Plan, and my plea to Government is to continue work with Auckland Council and other agencies to address the issue.”

The forum will reconvene later this year to present and discuss suggested solutions with young people.

For more information or to get involved in Auckland Council’s efforts to address homelessness, phone the council on 09 301 0101.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Bojo Visit

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is in town today, just over a year since his political career peaked… and then wobbled off into a grey zone of indecision...

Currently, Johnson is touring the former colonies, talking up the historical ties. More>>

 

PM's Press Conference: Boris, Infrastructure, Immigration, Drugs

Prime Minister Bill English opened this week's post-cabinet press conference by revisiting that day's announcement of 'Crown Infrastructure Partners'... More>>

Employers Pleased: Reports Of Govt Backdown On Low-Wage Immigration

MEA: We are pleased to hear that the Government is planning to review incoming immigration changes with a specific focus on how they will affect the regions. Effectively addressing skills shortages in manufacturing and other sectors needs to remain a core part of our immigration system ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Ch-Ch-Changes At IRD

Job cuts aren’t happening at the IRD, exactly. Instead, there’s apparently a ‘transformation’ in store, and jobs won’t be axed ; no, they will be ‘transformed’ before our eyes into… non-jobs, if you happen to be among the unlucky legion of 1,900 who are being lined up for transformation... More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Mental Health: Hospital Too 'Awful' For Reviewers To Visit

Jonathan Coleman has to stop the stalling over a new building for mental health services in Christchurch to replace the quake damaged Princess Margaret Hospital, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark... More>>

ALSO:

Greens Call For Govt Action: Children Sick Because Of NZ Housing

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians president-elect said today that children with preventable respiratory illnesses are being re-admitted to hospital because they're being sent back to cold, damp homes. More>>

ALSO:

Less Tax Cut, More Spending: Labour Launches Fiscal Plan

“Labour will invest $8 billion more in health, $4 billion more in education and $5 billion more for Kiwi families through Working for Families, Best Start and the Winter Energy Payment than the Budget 2017 projections for the forecast period.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Greens’ Room For Political Pragmatism

The Greens here are currently being criticized by the commentariat for not making the same kind of pragmatic choices that sunk the Democrats in Australia. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election