Te Ha Tangata: A human library on homelessness

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Parity
Volume 30 Issue 8 (Oct 2017)

Tilley, Elspeth

Abstract:
This article offers one case study of the role of community in providing responses to homelessness in Aotearoa. In a unique 'human library' event, Te Puaroha Compassion Soup Kitchen, Kahungunu Whanau Services, Te Whakamura Ai Te Ahi and Massey University, with funding and support from the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, worked with people experiencing housing deprivation to deliver Te Ha Tangata - The Breath of the People.

Parity is a publication of the Victorian Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) and the national homelessness publication in Australia. The aim of this publication is to develop an up-to-date, comprehensive and detailed resource for all those working to respond to homelessness in Aotearoa, whether they are working in government policy, homelessness, mainstream government services, social housing and other welfare sectors, in universities or other research bodies.

The 2017 edition of Parity is intended as an update to the October 2007 “Responding to Homelessness in New Zealand” edition of Parity. The current edition is an opportunity to reflect on the past ten years. What have we learnt? How have we progressed? What new challenges have prevented themselves in the intervening years?