Back to news – Crisis creates real homes

13 July 2020

The People’s Project has housed about 54 individuals in Tauranga motel units since alert level 4 lockdown.  Service manager Simone Cuers says despite the dreadful impact of the COVID-19 crisis here and globally, it has been a “game-changer” for the homeless community in Tauranga.

Here’s a comprehensive story from community newspaper Sunlive – thanks to Emma Houpt – about the hard work many services have been doing and continue to do in response to COVID-19 for the most vulnerable people in our communities.

“I feel 100 per cent better. Every day I jump out of bed – it’s a new day, a new life. That’s what everyone at the motel is saying. “Ngai Te Rangi has helped us get back into normal life, it has changed my heart. Dougie dropped onto his knees and cried happy tears when he stepped foot into his motel room at the start of lockdown.

Read the full story on the Sunlive website. Crisis creates real homes.

Unite against COVID-19: We are at Alert Level 1

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