21 Jan 2010

Flats for Auckland homeless a step closer

12:07 pm on 21 January 2010

Plans to build 130 flats for homeless people in Auckland appear likely to be realised after gaining resource consent.

There will be 80 supported apartments and 50 homes for single parents in full-time education near St Matthews Church in the city centre.

The development will also include a drug and alcohol unit, libraries and cafes.

Auckland City Missioner, Denise Robertson, says social workers will be on site to offer residents long-term help to stay in their homes and learn new skills.

She says tenants will pay rent, with support for the building project from the city council and Housing New Zealand.