On World Homeless Day in Auckland City, we particularly want to reflect on the increase in numbers of people experiencing homelessness in our own backyard. University of Otago figures stated that in 2013 approx. 41,075 people were homeless in New Zealand and half that number, approx. 20,000 are in the wider Auckland area. Many homeless individuals and families are in employment and still cannot afford to put a roof over their head.
This day of raising awareness will be an opportunity for those working in the sector and those with past or current experiences of homelessness to share their knowledge and experience with the public, and come together to share information and learn how to get more involved.