The results of the country’s biggest ever homeless count have been revealed.
The official count was carried out on September 17, conducted by the Housing First Collective with support from Auckland Council. People sleeping on the street and in cars were counted as officially homeless.
It was the first time a street count of such size and scale has ever been undertaken in New Zealand.
On the night of the count, 179 adults were sleeping rough on Auckland’s streets while 157 were sleeping in cars. A validation exercise guided by Otago University statistician Dr Nevil Pierse estimated that number represented about 40 percent of the total number of homeless Aucklanders.
That means approximately 800 people are currently homeless in the city, with a further number totalling almost 3000 in transitional or emergency housing.
Mayor Phil Goff, who participated in the count along with more than 660 other volunteers, says that number is “800 too many”.
“I took part in the count and walked the streets of Māngere in the middle of the night,” he says. “It brought home the miserable existence for many people who sleep rough in our region.”
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