Effort continues to have a night shelter

LETTER

Re: Update on night shelter.

It has been a few months since Tom Crawford and his daughter Lizz offered Oasis Church premises to provide for a night shelter for homeless people.

This has been quite a journey already spanning over 12 months, which has been further delayed by the bureaucratic process and its associated costs.

Though winter has ended for this year, it is hoped that those continuing with this endeavour will be able to see a shelter operation in place before the start of next winter.

Already faced with a $2000 bill for an official Fire Design Report, there are ongoing costs for building consent, purchase and installation of fire equipment, escape route lighting, upgrade of fire walls and the list goes on.

Having learnt lessons from Rotorua, where they were confronted with the threat of a $200,000 fine from council which forced their closure, we continue to climb our own Everest for the vulnerable members of our community.

We are saying that surely our community, who previously displayed unity over the mosque attack, can again come together to help resolve this issue which is right on our very own doorstep.

Guy Baker

Re: Update on night shelter.

It has been a few months since Tom Crawford and his daughter Lizz offered Oasis Church premises to provide for a night shelter for homeless people.

This has been quite a journey already spanning over 12 months, which has been further delayed by the bureaucratic process and its associated costs.

Though winter has ended for this year, it is hoped that those continuing with this endeavour will be able to see a shelter operation in place before the start of next winter.

Already faced with a $2000 bill for an official Fire Design Report, there are ongoing costs for building consent, purchase and installation of fire equipment, escape route lighting, upgrade of fire walls and the list goes on.

Having learnt lessons from Rotorua, where they were confronted with the threat of a $200,000 fine from council which forced their closure, we continue to climb our own Everest for the vulnerable members of our community.

We are saying that surely our community, who previously displayed unity over the mosque attack, can again come together to help resolve this issue which is right on our very own doorstep.

Guy Baker

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Lizz Crawford - 6 days ago
Thank you Guy. We have made approaches to government departments who keep sending us to other government departments. These are the same departments that helped other night shelters get off the ground. They must have closed up shop now.
We will continue to do what we have set out to do with the support of our community. We've had numerous offers of support for bedding and even beds that are now in storage. We want to thank our community for their generosity.
We do need to come together to resolve this issue. We are getting approached more frequently from young mums and dads who are single-parenting too.

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