All posts by Gareth Farry

New Housing For 139 Greys Ave,City Centre,Auckland.

The redevelopment of the land will see 87 old units that are no longer fit for purpose,replaced with approximately 280 warm,dry,modern apartments. At least 200 apartments will be retained as state houses and 80 of those apartments would be designed for higher and complex need tenants many of whom may currently be homeless. There will be extensive wrap around support services and community facilities on-site to facilitate a modern,supportive,urban community we can be proud of.

As a neighbour who lives near this address, i wanted to inform you that demolition of the existing building will start early April 2019. Below is the current proposed timeline for the demolition and construction process.

April 2019-August 2019 Soft fittings removed

Safe removal of asbestos

Deconstruction of the existing building

August 2019-March 2019 Construction of building.

December 2020-2022 Construction of buildings.

2022 Building construction complete.

Supportive services in place.

Tenants move in

Church allows homeless to sleep overnight…

Nearly 15 years ago, St Boniface church in San Francisco began opening their doors for homeless people in need of shelter. The effort was started by Father Louis Vitale of the church,and community activist Shelly Roder,in 2004 and is known as the Gubbio project.

Hundreds of people each day pass through the church,using the pews to sleep on, and getting blanket from the staff.

”No question are asked when our guest walk into the churches; in an effort to remove all barriers to entry, there are no sign-in sheets or intake forms. No one is ever turned away; all are wqelcomed, respected and treated with dignity,” according to the Gubbio project website.


Orange Sky Bus will be providing Showers and Washing Machine around the Auckland REGION.

Orange Sky New Zealand provides a safe and reliable location for our friends on the streets to access clean laundry, and genuine conversations. Please share these messages to help provide support to our friends on the streets.

The Place We Call Home

The Place We Call Home from Nathalie Nasrallah on Vimeo.

The Place We Call Home is a short documentary following some of the people who frequent Our Whare in Auckland, and the sense of community and manaakitanga that has arisen in the place. The film shows the real side of life for those seeking a safe place from which to find support to improve their lives.

Director: Tai Waru
Editor: Nathalie Nasrallah
Producer: Tai Waru
Camera: Jack Gravatt
Audio: Jonothan Amosa Matu’u, Caitlin Owston-Doyle
Talent: Anaru Randall, Grant Wilson, Journey Nahu, Robert Marriner, Jason Raiwhara

Launch of Housing First

A new initiative aimed at ending chronic homelessness in Auckland has officially kicked off.

Today Social Housing Minister Amy Adams and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff launched Housing First Auckland, which aims to house 472 homeless Aucklanders and provide wrap-around services to address the causes of their homelessness.

“We don’t want to see anyone living on the street or in shelters. The drivers behind homelessness are often complicated and difficult, such as mental health issues, alcoholism or family violence, and there isn’t a quick fix. We need to combat homelessness at its core, by addressing the causes behind it,” says Ms Adams.

“In order to help rough sleepers, we need to get them into secure housing first. This Housing First pilot will help achieve this by helping our homeless into safe, secure and stable accommodation, and then providing wrap-around services to address their issues.

“The programme is internationally-renowned, and backed up by strong domestic and international evidence. It also reflects a social investment approach, where we can reduce the significant, long-term societal and financial costs of homelessness by investing more upfront.”

Mayor Goff says: “Homelessness is a growing problem in Auckland and it needs to be tackled as a priority. The housing first approach has worked in other cities in New Zealand and overseas and that is why we are adopting here.

“It makes absolute sense for central and local government, NGOs and the private sector to work together to take effective steps to respond to chronic homelessness.

“Housing First Auckland is already delivering results, with eight rough sleepers in Central and West Auckland now in homes with on-going wrap-around support. Across the city, more than 30 people are in the wings for similar support. This is a start but there is much to do.”

The pilot is funded by Government ($3.7 million) and Auckland Council ($1 million), and involves experienced community organisations, Affinity Services, Lifewise and the Auckland City Mission, LinkPeople and Vision West. It will run for two years.

Housing First Auckland will focus on the City Centre, Central, West and South Auckland where there is the highest concentration of homeless people. Read the NZ Herald article here.

Ms Adams and Mr Goff said they were both looking forward to seeing how Housing First Auckland would deliver for Auckland’s homeless population.

Auckland recently had a discussion with visiting expert Dr Tsemberis about housing first and homelessness  – view the conversation here.