Auckland church struggles with cost of housing homeless

Auckland church struggles with cost of housing homeless

An Auckland church which has given up its offices to provide emergency housing says it needs around $160,000 to upgrade its facilities so it can keep helping them.

Faith Family Baptist Church in Panmure is providing accommodation to 15 people but said it was turning away more each week because it has run out of space.

The small church only has a congregation of about 25 people but is using its limited space to house people who would otherwise be on the street.

The offices have been transformed into small rooms, with temporary partitions in place to give some privacy.

Men sleep in one area and women are across the carpark in another building.

The church also rents two houses across the road to accommodate two more families.

Church pastor Carla Perese said over the past week they had turned away two mothers and their daughters, as well as a husband and wife and their child because there was no room for them.