February 19, 2018
Call for compassion for Manurewa homeless
There was a hikoi in Manurewa over the weekend the highlight the plight of the area's homeless.
Organiser Debbie Munroe says the problem is getting worse, and her group now feeds about 30 people three times a week.
She says there is little compassion or tolerance evident in the community, with homeless people being verbally and physically abused on the street, and rough sleepers are being trespassed from public areas without being given an alternative.
No one is tackling the problem in a way that could be effective.
"They're separating families. They are shipping them out of Manurewa, out of sight, out of mind. They are going into motels and ending up with a great big debt. A lot of our homeless are being put into motels in Drury and Onehunga and things like that and our guys are being isolated and then they come straight back onto the street because they can't handle it," Ms Munroe says.
She is now seeing kaumatua made homeless and on the street.
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