Help to the Homeless, elsewhere #SocialEnterprise

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Northumberland designed by John Wardle Architects 1 [Image - Grocon]Northumberland designed by John Wardle Architects 2 [Image - Grocon]Northumberland Development. Images: Grocon

### 7 June 2016
Wardle-designed new office tower lends hand to homeless
News | Words Linda Cheng
A proposed office tower development in Melbourne’s Collingwood designed by John Wardle Architects will provide assistance to the local homeless.
The development, dubbed Northumberland, will occupy the site of the existing Collingwood Telephone Exchange on Wellington Street – a red brick building which is to be retained. A 13-storey office tower and a 5-storey retail building with a cafe on the ground floor is proposed around and above the existing building. The design will take cues from the local industrial past, street patterns and material expression. The southern facade of the smaller retail building will be characterized by a sawtooth window facing Northumberland Street. The office tower will be set back from main street, Wellington Street, as well as the existing building, which will create a new laneway and general new public space. The design of the office building will target a 6-star Green Star rating.

Northumberland designed by John Wardle Architects 3 [Image - Grocon]

The development will share its end of trip facilities with the homeless. The shower and change room facilities are designed with assistance from Launch Housing, a provider of housing and homeless support service. During hours of minimal use by office workers, showers and change room facilities in the office complex will be managed by the organization to provide clean and safe change facilities in support of local homeless people while sorting out their housing crisis. Northumberland will also be one of the first commercial buildings to contribute to the Homes for Homes initiative, a sustainable funding source for affordable housing established by The Big Issue in 2013.

Developer Grocon will contribute 0.1 percent annual office rent received to the fund. The proceeds will be used to refurbish and manage social housing for low-income and homeless people in Australia.

Grocon has submitted the design for planning approval. If approved, construction will commence in early 2017. The development will be located across the road from a proposed 13-storey apartment tower, also designed by John Wardle Architects and developed by Cbus. The proposal is currently being assessed by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). The matter was heard on 11 and 12 April but was adjourned until 14-15 July to allow for amendments to the plans.

Northumberland designed by John Wardle Architects 4 [Image - Grocon]Northumberland designed by John Wardle Architects 5 [Image - Grocon]ArchitectureAU Link | Captions



via Architecture + Women • New Zealand

Te Puea Marae [Photo - RNZ - Shannon Haunui-Thompson]Te Puea Marae. Image: RNZ/Shannon Haunui-Thompson

The media has been reporting recently that those without homes now include families who cannot afford the rising rents which accompany the increasing house prices in New Zealand, and especially in Auckland. To help address this issue, Te Puea Marae has generously opened its doors to the homeless, with other Marae and charities following their example.

While homelessness is mainly a political issue, it is also an architectural one, in that architects can offer solutions to our built environments and the use of them. Architects work on a daily basis within the financial structures which contribute to the high cost of housing, as well as with many clients who are involved at the coalface, from religious groups to social services and charities.

A+W•NZ has built some powerful networks and structures since its beginning five years ago. We thought that those networks can be put to good use by collecting blankets and food to donate to those being generous to others, starting with Te Puea Marae.

Te Puea Herangi is important to A+W•NZ as an early leader in her contribution to Maori architecture, establishing Tūrangawaewae Marae in Ngāruawāhia, central to the Kingitanga (King Movement). She went on to establish Marae throughout the Waikato (Mangatangi, Rakaumanga) carved houses (Turongo, Tamaoho), and to re-establish canoe building at Turangawaewae.

Jasmax Auckland has generously agreed to act as a collection point for all items donated, and the A+W•NZ team will deliver the goods to Te Puea Marae at intermittent times. Please take your donated goods to the reception at Jasmax, 2 Marston Street
Parnell, Auckland 1052, between 9am and 4pm Monday-Friday.

They will be gratefully receiving bedding, toiletries, non-perishable food, and clothing. If you have any problems or difficulties with drop off during those hours, please contact us at architecturewomen

A big thank you to Jasmax for providing the support required to receive and store donated goods. If you wish to make a financial donation directly to Te Puea Marae, a GiveALittle page has been set up by the Marae.

4:19 pm on 6 June 2016
RNZ News: Te Puea Marae finds homes for 21 Auckland families
The chair of an Auckland marae supporting the homeless is commending those who have had the courage to accept its help. Te Puea Memorial Marae has housed 21 families in just under two weeks and has helped some of them get paid jobs. Its chair, Hurimoana Dennis, says based on those outcomes, agencies helping the homeless cannot keep applying a business as usual approach. He believes a kaupapa Maori approach would be a key long-term solution for the current housing crisis. Mr Dennis said overcrowding, eviction, poverty, family violence, substance abuse and bureaucracy have all individually or collectively played a part in the families coming to the marae.

Te Puea Memorial Marae
Address: 1534 Miro Rd, Auckland 2022
Phone: 09 6365683

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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15 responses to “Help to the Homeless, elsewhere #SocialEnterprise

  1. Gurglars

    Collingwood for many years was an inner city slum area, so improving the buildings and getting rid of the ghetto is another advantage of this concept.

    • Alex C

      I’m an ex-Dunedinite currently living in Melbourne and working in Fitzroy – the suburb adjacent to Collingwood where this John Wardle project has been proposed before in the last 20-30 years; both suburbs were fairly poor blue-collar type neighbourhoods. Both suburbs became home to large migrant populations, with the Italians and Greeks setting up communities there after immigrating to Australia after WW2. Before them, much as had happened in Dunedin, a Chinese community had formed in the area too off the back of the Victorian gold rush.

      The Housing Commission of Victoria began the process of gentrification of the area way back in the late 1950s, clearing out half the community and bulldozing down what was considered substandard housing stock.

      As manufacturing wound down, property developers moved in, converting vacant old commercial and industrial buildings into swanky Soho-esque apartment stock. Collingwood is now a highly desirable suburb to live in, and is far from the slummy ghetto that the previous poster has suggested it is. You’d pay in excess of a million dollars for a tiny workers terrace in the area these days.

      The project offers a kind gesture to the Melbourne’s homeless population, but I think that the previous poster’s comments are at odds with what will actually benefit those living on the economic fringe of society.

      Beautifying the area previously called home to the working class poor, will only exacerbate the issues to come with gentrification – the high rent, cost of living and forced economic ejection of a community that can’t afford their neighbourhood any more.

      • alanbec

        It is a long bow to conflate Melbourne settlement with that of Dunedin. The Otago Chinese community was included over a century ago. These are ‘Projects’, as in NY, New Jersey, to house the homeless. Arguable whether ‘beautification’ will follow, they are trying to manage a housing crisis. What usually happens is that the landed complain about the effect on property values.

  2. Elizabeth

    RNZ News: Child who has lived in van has message for PM
    [Te Puea Marae]
    An 11-year-old girl whose family had been living in their van for months has a message for the Prime Minister: “try walking in my shoes, it’s not actually that easy”.

  3. Gurglars

    Far too many magpies in Collingwood!

  4. Elizabeth

    emimusic Uploaded on Mar 3, 2009
    Radiohead – Just
    Music video by Radiohead performing Just, a single released in 1995. Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke wrote the song about a narcissistic friend of his, which on closer inspection is showcased by the imagery in the lyrics. He also says that it was something of a competition between him and Jonny Greenwood to see who could fit the most chords into a song.

    The single’s video was directed by Jamie Thraves, who was hand-picked by the band after they saw several of his experimental short films. It was shot near Liverpool Street Station in London, and intersperses footage of Radiohead playing the song inside an apartment with scenes of a middle-aged man (played by Dorian Lough) who lies down in the middle of the pavement just outside the apartment building. People start to gather, thinking that something must be wrong with the man, and the band are shown looking out the window at the events below. A heated (subtitled) conversation between the man and the crowd develops, as the people start demanding to know what the man is doing and why he is lying there. An American policeman turns up….

    Can’t get the stink off
    He’s been hanging round for days
    Comes like a comet
    Suckered you but not your friends

    Don’t get my sympathy
    Hanging out the 15th floor
    You’ve changed the locks three times
    He still comes reeling through the door

    You do it to yourself, you do

  5. Elizabeth

    ### NZ Herald Thu, 9 June 2016
    Social Housing Minister considers helping Te Puea Marae
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says the Government may help fund the South Auckland marae that has opened its doors to the homeless. Ms Bennett has agreed to meet Te Puea Marae chairman Hurimoana Dennis at a cafe in Mt Eden tomorrow to discuss what he needs, but has declined to actually visit the marae. […] She told reporters at Parliament that the Government was considering giving the marae more funding on top of $10,000 already donated by Te Puni Kokiri. […] The marae has given shelter to almost 60 families and individuals since it opened its doors to the homeless on May 24.
    Ms Bennett said yesterday that she was considering pre-purchasing Auckland motel rooms to shelter homeless people through the winter. She said 100 rooms could easily be filled within a week.
    Read more

    • Hype O'Thermia

      “She said 100 rooms could easily be filled within a week.” Nonsense – there’s no problem, isn’t that what her boss said?

      It’s real gen’rous of the government to be “considering giving the marae more funding on top of $10,000 already donated by Te Puni Kokiri.”

      Many’s the time I’ve been annoyed at the special handouts to squeaky-wheel Maori interests for cultural matters I think they could get on with in their own time on their own dollar if they care so much. But now when crisis point was reached before winter set in, Te Puea Marae has acted like those aid missions sent to quake and typhoon ravaged “foreign” parts of the world, supplying shelter and healthy food to – and isn’t this enough to shame *decent* politicians? – New Zealanders in New Zealand! So the government is considering chucking them some money for doing what they shouldn’t have had to do in the first place, if the government had the common decency to follow the rule: core business 1st, flags and sports and travel to look at the world’s stadiums (though presumably not their balance sheets) 99th.

      Well done Te Puea Marae and its chairman Hurimoana Dennis and all those organisers and cooks and clothing providers and nurturers, picking up as many of the pieces as you can manage.

      Wouldn’t it be great if governments hadn’t broken society and there were only a few accidental breakages, picking up the pieces would be such a small job then.

  6. Gurglars

    Not Governments Hype!

    Employees of governments overstepping their briefs, unobserved and unhindered by the politically elected.

    The only criticism one can level at elected politicians is that in the main they are naive.

    It is the entrenched philosophy of the “permanent heads” and the “permanent undersecretaries” that is the bain of the tax and ratepayer. Additional staff whether effective or not means less services and more income for the entrenched few.

    Let us consider the wisdom of Metiria Turei, Russel Norman, Andrew Little, and the current head of the greens (is it David Seymour) versus the wit and political cunning, nous and common sense of Winston Peters.

    It is not at all surprising that a currency trader can outsmart that lot.

    • ab

      If you mean the present incumbent ‘futures trader’, he is at a loss over the housing crisis. Understandably, social problems are not in the worldview of money men. At least the opposition are talking about it. Solutions are found in cross party co-operation, but we don’t do that here, just competive ‘outwitting’.

  7. Elizabeth

    Garrick Tremain – 22 Jun 2016

    ### NZ Herald 5:24 AM Thursday May 26, 2016
    Paula Bennett: Homeless could be offered up to $5000 to leave Auckland
    By Isaac Davison
    A “scrambled” attempt to address the housing crisis on the eve of today’s Budget is a start, but not enough, says a man whose family had to sleep in their car on Tuesday night.Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett announced in Parliament yesterday that homeless families would be offered up to $5000 to move to empty state homes outside Auckland. The policy was put together in the last few days and was announced yesterday afternoon as the Government goes into damage control over its handling of housing problems in New Zealand. Ms Bennett told reporters at Parliament that up to 150 families could be relocated to state houses or possibly private rentals through the policy. “I would say to those that are homeless that there is a chance that they could get a house in days if they were willing to look outside of Auckland.”
    Read more + (bad Hosking) Video


    ### Last updated 17:24, May 25 2016
    Explainer: $5000 relocation grants for homeless Aucklanders
    By Sam Sachdeva
    As the Government faces criticism for failing to tackle the housing crisis, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett has announced a scheme to pay homeless Aucklanders as much as $5000 to relocate elsewhere in New Zealand. So how exactly will it work, and will it make a difference?
    We lay it out for you.
    […] Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett has announced a scheme to give homeless Aucklanders, or those in the city’s state houses, a payment of up to $5000.
    That’s good of them.
    There’s a catch: to receive the money, the families have to leave Auckland and move to a region that has vacant Housing NZ properties, or an affordable rental property where they can live.
    […] Bennett announced plans for this very scheme in January.
    The only differences are the pay-out on offer – $5000 now, up from $3000 then – and the fact that homeless Aucklanders not on the social housing register will be able to apply, rather than just those in state houses.
    So it’s the same thing, but officially signed off by Cabinet and expanded somewhat.
    […] There are 4585 applicants on the Ministry of Social Development’s social housing register (although not all of them are in Auckland), and others off the register but without a home – so relocating 150 families will help a bit, but it’s not a game-changer. There’s also going to be many people who won’t want to leave their job, or pull their children out of school, so the scheme’s only going to appeal to a limited number of people.
    Read more

  8. Elizabeth

    Garrick Tremain – 20 Jun 2016

    Garrick Tremain – 11 Jun 2016

  9. Hype O'Thermia

    Tremain for next Prime Minister, Governor General and Pope!

  10. Elizabeth

    Proposed facility will be first of its kind in New Zealand, housing up to eight young people in “acute need” of support from social services.

    Sat, 2 Jul 2016
    ODT: Housing plan for youth
    The Dunedin Methodist Mission is planning a $550,000 24/7 housing facility for Dunedin’s most vulnerable young people after reports of youth in the city trading sex for a place to sleep. […] Dunedin Methodist Mission business development leader Jimmy McLauchlan said those living in the facility would probably have escaped situations involving violence, or threats of violence, drug addiction and crime.

  11. Elizabeth

    Garrick Tremain – 1 Jul 2016

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