Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Homeless can feel unsafe too

Homeless can feel unsafe too

The 2016/17 Police Citizen Satisfaction Survey shows a decrease in people's sense of public safety at night in cities, town centres, and local neighbourhoods, which some have linked to increased homelessness in the Auckland city centre. Lifewise, an organisation working to house homeless people, points out that people experiencing homelessness also feel unsafe in the city centre and are themselves victims of assault more frequently than many people would realise.

“We need to connect homelessness with its root causes,” says Lifewise CE Moira Lawler. “That means an open conversation about the link between homelessness and our housing crisis and the link between homelessness and family poverty.”

According to Lawler, there is little evidence that homeless people present significant actual threat to the public. “Our actual safety and our perception of safety are two different things. Homeless people are living the consequence of an unequal society. That makes most of us feel concerned and uncomfortable, and hopefully, determined to see effective action. This is a good thing.”

Lifewise in collaboration with the Auckland City Mission, is part of the Housing First Auckland programme, working together with rough sleepers in Auckland City. The programme is already showing results, with 26 people been housed in the city centre alone. (Auckland-wide results available here: https://www.housingfirst.co.nz/results.)

“We have been funded to provide housing 60 people, however there are over 300 people in the city centre who need housing. We are hoping to get additional government expand our numbers next year,” says Lawler.

-end-


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Oprah as a Presidential Hopeful

Oprah for President…That was one of those summer silly season stories, right ? Maybe not.

On the morning after the Golden Globes Awards ceremony where she delivered That Speech (“I want all the girls watching here now to know that a new day is on the horizon!”) a lot of people seem to have woken up in the cold light of day with a vision of President Winfrey still dancing in their heads.

Oprah’s presidential run may have legs…More


 

Gordon Campbell: On Jim Anderton
For anyone born after 1975, it is hard to grasp just how important a figure Jim Anderton was, for an entire generation.
During the mid to late 1980s, Anderton was the only significant public figure of resistance to the Labour government’s headlong embrace of Thatcherism...More>>

ALSO:


Gong Time: New Year's Honours List

Jacinda Ardern today congratulated the 179 New Zealanders named on the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

“Although this list was compiled and completed by the last government, it is a pleasure to welcome in the New Year by recognising exceptional New Zealanders,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“As an Aunty, I love reading books to my nieces, so it’s lovely to congratulate Joy Cowley, who is made a member of the Order of New Zealand today....More
Full list


Roads: National launches bid to save highway projects

The National Party has launched a series of petitions aimed at saving regional highway projects at risk because of the Government’s obsession with Auckland trams…More>>

ALSO:


Medical Cannabis: Bill Introduced to “ease suffering”

Health Minister Dr David Clark says making medicinal cannabis more readily available will help relieve the suffering of people who are dying in pain More>>

ALSO:

Campbell: On The Quest For Zero Net Carbon Emissions
Some would querulously ask, zero net carbon emissions by 2050 – while others would say, why not?
More>>

ALSO:

CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages