Homelessness growing in Whakatāne

There are 53 homeless people in the township of Whakatāne and the number is growing according to Judy Turner, chair of a Whakatāne steering committee on homelessness. A drop-in centre has recently opened catering for homeless people.

In its seventh week, Te Whare Manaaki is still providing the goods according to Cheree Lathan who cooks breakfast for the homeless.

“It’s just great seeing them all coming in here having a hot kai and setting themselves up for the day and helping them out with clothing and stuff like that,” says Lathan.

Five days a week, Te Whare Manaaki provides breakfast for the homeless in the Whakatāne Township.

At the start of the year community leaders, groups and the council noticed an increase in the homeless population.

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