So most of us, particularly on the affluent North Shore, are lucky enough to have a good warm home, a good job, a wide support network and close family - or are we?
The problem of homelessness isn't just somebody else's problem and is rife right on our own doorstep. Back in February, as reported by the NZ Herald, a dozen sites were identified around Auckland with "villages" of people. Whilst not listed, the North Shore is not immune to this problem. Just ask your local Salvation Army, just one of many organisations who work hard to help those who are homeless. The sad thing is too that it isn't only adults and affects children too.
Thing is it isn't a new problem either! Back in 2012 it was report in the North Shore Times there were about 1,000 people living rough on the North Shore. Back then the local community stepped in and helped with a community lunch. In 2012 it was believed most of these homeless were men, so imagine what is the number nowadays when we know there are whole families forced to sleep in cars and go without the basic necessities of life.
As reported by Radio New Zealand just this week that a grandmother and great grandmother were looking after grandchildren. How are we now also missing a generation? Has the whole situation become so desperate?
With the continuing rise in house prices right across Auckland this doesn't make it any easier for the agencies who are out there to help.
In Whangaparaoa Love Soup provide a nourishing Sunday evening meal for locals and support where they can and this is just one of many support groups. The Salvation Army also offer support through their network of centres.
The question is though why is the problem growing and how can we help? Let us know your thoughts, where support is available and what you believe we can each do as an individual to support those so desperate in our local communities ...
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