AT THE LAST CENSUS, 4,200 PEOPLE were LIVING WITHOUT shelter.  THAT'S 1,400 PEOPLE LIVING ROUGH (on the street) AND 2,800 LIVING IN CARS.*

 

Gimme Shelter is an independent advocacy group for homelessness in New Zealand.

Gimme Shelter believes that the primary obstacle to housing our homeless neighbours is not a lack of money or a shortage of effective strategies, but a refusal to work together around permanent, targeted, data-driven solutions. We cannot succeed if key players government and community continue to work in isolation, nor can we end homelessness if we fail to prioritise housing and supportive services to the most vulnerable among us.

The failure to collaborate meaningfully within and across communities results in missed opportunities for assistance and sub-optimal targeting of existing resources. Until local businesses, foundations, government agencies, landlords, outreach workers and service providers are seated at the same table with the same data, local systems will not improve and many of the same people will continue to languish on the streets.

We know that the only lasting solution to homelessness is permanent housing. Far too often, however, we attempt to treat the symptoms of homelessness instead of its root cause.

 

Media on the Gimme Shelter project

No accurate record of homelessness in NZ – TV3 Story – Watch now

James Crow: Jesse Mulligan – Radio NZ National – April 2016 – Listen here

James Crow: Toby Manhire – Radio NZ National – April 2016 – Listen here

Homelessness ‘a national problem’ - Radio NZ National – March 2016 – View

James Crow: Kim Hill – Radio NZ National – December 2015 – Listen to full interview here or Gimme Shelter related part below.

How you help the homeless – Sunday Star Times – July 2014 – View

Media on the issue of homelessness in Aotearoa

Get serious on housing the homeless – NZ Herald – August 2015 – View

Changing face of homelessness - APNZ – October 2013 – View

34,000 people missing out on housing, University of Otago research shows – University of Otago – September 2013 – View

 

Media from Housing First proponents around the world

100,000 Homes: Housing the homeless saves money? – 60 Minutes USA -February 2014 – View

Utah Reduced Chronic Homelessness By 91 Percent; Here’s How – NPR.org – - View

Media Contact: James Crow, +64 21 803 400