‘Not enough is being done’ – homeless advocacy groups warn demand is on the rise

The group charged with housing the homeless in Auckland is warning the demand is on the rise.

It comes just a day before hundreds of volunteers hit the city’s streets to work out just how many people are living without a permanent shelter.

People like Clinton who ran away from home when he was just 13 and ended up sleeping rough in Auckland, including a feedbox and under a building.

It’s not known just how many people are currently living like this and that is why the tomorrow night’s count is so important.

“Until we have that data it makes it very hard to know how to accurately resource the response,” says Fiona Hamilton from Housing First Auckland.

Ms Hamilton’s organisation tried to find permanent homes for those without them and she says the demand is only growing.

“It’s all about resourcing and funding levels, so we basically need and have been advocating that that needs to be ramped up so that we can house more people,” she says.

Housing First got Clinton into this apartment earlier this year and it plans to help almost 1500 people nationwide over four years.

The government has put aside $63 million for the programme in this year’s budget, but the Salvation Army says more work is needed.

“Not enough is being done even though the government’s doing a lot it’s not doing enough quickly enough to address or steam the tide,” says Salvation Army’s Ian Hutson.

The warning comes a day before the first rough sleeper count takes place in Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS