6pm Friday 7 October – 8am Saturday 8 October, 2016
Wellington’s homeless crisis
As we know well, New Zealand’s housing crisis continues to have a devastating impact on our most vulnerable families and individuals. With housing and living costs now at an all time high, Otago University recently reported that at least one in 100 Kiwis are now classed as homeless – living on the streets, in garages, tents, caravans, motels, cars, couch surfing or living in shared housing with other families. Many of us see the reality of this every day with the people we are working with across Wellington.
Making a difference
14 Hours Homeless is an awareness and fundraising event that’s happening from 6pm on Friday 7th October throughout the country. Nationally this is a Salvation Army sponsored event. In Wellington, seven social services agencies have come together to present ‘14 Hours Homeless’. Hundreds of people will gather in early October to learn more about the issue of homelessness, what Wellington agencies are doing and what we can do together about it, before sleeping out in a safe, central city location. People can choose to sleep in a car, on a couch or on cardboard.
Last year more than 230 people participated in the event and raised $60,000 to support some of the organisations around Wellington that work with the homeless. Check out the highlights video from last year here.
This year there are five agencies fundraising – DCM, Soup Kitchen, Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust, Salvation Army Youth Services and the Wellington City Mission. We encourage you to form a team, to come and participate, to experience a little of what homelessness feels like and to get behind one of these agencies to help raise money. You then invite people to sponsor you for engaging in this experience. Or if you want to raise money but can’t do the sleep out you can do that too. Check out how you can participate at http://www.14hourshomeless.org.nz/event/wgtn
The Great Cardboard Camp Out
As part of this event we are running a youth event. Teams of young people accompanied by a youth leader can come, experience and raise fund also. There is a special youth programme so young people can be in solidarity with young people in the issue of homelessness. (AYM are part of this event so you can always talk to them about participating.)
The Wellington City Mission
Take a look at our fundraising page here. We’ve got a team doing it and we hope that many people will join with us and the many other people from the greater Wellington region to support those who work in this sector and to bring about change for those in our communities experiencing homelessness.