Homeless in the Hutt: Council pledges action

The wheels of bureaucracy have swung into motion to tackle Hutt Valley’s ballooning homelessness problem.

Following an urgent agenda item, Hutt City Council on Tuesday night agreed to develop its own homelessness strategy with timelines to tackle the problem – the scale of which was recently made clear to the council.

Wainuiomata councillor Campbell Barry said the council received homelessness statistics on Monday and agreed the issue needed to be an urgent item on Tuesday’s agenda.

“I’m really glad that we as a council are finally taking a lead role in eliminating homelessness in our city,” he said.

It was just last week that Hutt Valley resident Keri Brown – who works in Hutt-based Labour MP Ginny Andersen’s office – told the council that homelessness in Lower Hutt was “spiralling” and it needed a strategy to deal with it.

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