Demonstration aims to address Auckland homelessness

The homelessness crisis which is hurting thousands of New Zealand families right now is likely to get worse before it gets better. This is despite the opening of additional emergency housing units including those being run by The Salvation Army in Manurewa. This is the view of a small group of housing activists who are looking to hold Auckland Council to account for its lack of interest in addressing homelessness in tangible and practical ways.

This group is running a project called Build Up Emergency Housing and is looking to build a small relocatable emergency housing unit on spare Council land as a demonstration of what can be achieved through citizens’ concerns and action.

A spokesperson and organiser for Build Up – Alan Johnson says that ‘Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and his Auckland Council colleagues seem more interested in finding a home for the America’s Cup yacht syndicates than they are in finding homes for Aucklanders’. ‘This is an obscene mix up in priorities when our elected officials appear to be more interested in dishing our corporate welfare than in looking after struggling families. As Aucklanders we need to challenge such priorities’ he said.

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