Dunedin Night Shelter Trust member John Le Brun (left) and
chairman Dave Brown outside the shelter this week. Photo by
The Dunedin Night Shelter Trust wants to ensure it is
Trust chairman Dave Brown said he expected the demand for
shelter beds this year to be double that of last year.
''Numbers have increased considerably.''
The trust wanted to buy the two buildings it rented in Lees
The landlord would sell, but the trust needed funds.
''We don't want to become homeless ourselves.''
The front building, the night shelter, had 12 beds and rooms
in the rear building were rented to people needing
''It gives them a chance to sort their lives out.''
The tenants' rent paid for some of the night shelter rent,
but money was always needed to cover the shortfall.
''If we owned the place, we could become much more self
Trust member John Le Brun said the trust was reliant on
grants and donations.
''There's no government funding. We get a small grant from
the Dunedin City Council, which helps but it doesn't take
much for things to change.''
Building ownership would secure the service, which had been
in Dunedin for eight years.
The beds in the shelter were used 100 times each month for
most months of the year, Mr Le Brun said..
''In a city the size of Dunedin, that is quite a staggering
The landlord would sell the houses for $595,000 and the trust
wanted to raise $650,000.
The extra funds would develop more rooms in the transition
''This is a city issue. If anybody can help us, we will
gratefully accept that help. Whether it is cheques, cash or
ideas to move this forward,'' Mr Le Brun said.
Long-term plans for the shelter were to provide more
accommodation for women.
''If we owned this, we would start to talk about what we
could do for women because there is demand out there. We can
take some [women], but we can't take everyone who turns up.''