22 Jun 2009

Record numbers using homeless services in capital

6:58 pm on 22 June 2009

Services for homeless people in Wellington are struggling to cope as record numbers of people visit its night shelter and soup kitchen.

The night shelter has created a makeshift dormitory from one of its storerooms to accommodate its highest number of guests since it opened 40 years ago.

Manager Mike Leon says the dormitory is built to sleep 23 men, but in recent weeks 30 have had to cram into the room.

Mr Leon says more guests want to stay on and get help to improve their lives.

At the Suzanne Aubert Compassion Centre's Soup Kitchen, guest numbers have reached a 30-year high.

Manager Philippa Meachen says more young people and families are coming in.