26 Nov 2009

Push to help Auckland homeless

9:57 am on 26 November 2009

A dozen charities, local and central government agencies are co-ordinating efforts to help those who sleep rough in Auckland City, by the year 2022.

They hope to provide accommodation and more integrated support services for the homeless, and establish a Special Circumstances Court.

The Auckland City Council, district health boards, Housing New Zealand, the police and the Auckland City Mission are among the agencies who were to sign a memorandum on Thursday.

Auckland City mayor John Banks says the aim is to coordinate efforts and help about 150 rough sleepers in the central city.

John McCarthy from Lifewise says homeless people regularly come before the district court on minor charges and little is achieved between each appearance.