New Zealand’s housing crisis is having a devastating impact on our most vulnerable families and individuals. With housing and living costs now at all-time highs, one in 120 Kiwis is now classed as housing deprived. It’s common to think of rough sleepers when we consider homelessness, but it’s a much wider problem that needs to be addressed. ‘Homelessness’ includes those living in unsafe and unsuitable locations such as on the streets, in garages, tents, caravans, cars, couch surfing or living in shared housing with other families. Those sleeping rough represent only 20% of those without homes.
14 Hours Homeless is an awareness and fundraising event held the night before World Homeless Day which was October 10th where the participants came together in locations spread across New Zealand to sleep out in a car, on a couch, or on flattened cardboard to fundraise for specific a specific homeless project. This year MWH Global had three intrepid senior staff participants from our Wellington office under the name of MWHomeless: Gavin O’Connor (Lower North Island Manager –Transportation), Grant Shearer (Team Leader – Civil Water Project Delivery) and David Hogg (Group Manager Water and Waste – Lower North Island).
David Hogg (Group Manager, Water and Waste – Lower North Island) was appreciative of the support the team had received, “Thank you to all those who supported them by donating. It made the night a little more bearable. Some sleep was obtained – but not much!”
This year World Homeless Day fell on a Saturday with the 14 Hours Homeless events around NZ occurring the night before to raise funds and awareness about the reality of homelessness in New Zealand. It is still not too late to donate, you can make donations by clicking here.