FAQs about the WNS
Where do WNS clients come from?
Approximately 32% of new clients to the shelter in 2010 were either living rough, or in some kind of improvised shelter. 23% had been staying with friends of relatives, and others had been in hospital, in prison, or in a variety of rental accommodation.
Why do people become homeless?
There are many reasons why someone might find themselves in need of emergency accommodation. In 2010 the ending of a relationship, or of a tenancy was a common factor (20%), other people were asked to leave their previous accommodation, and for some violence was a factor.
Is it just older people who use the shelter?
In 2011 clients of the shelter were of all ages.
What are the ethnicities of the WNS clients?
The majority of the clients in 2010 identified themselves as European (57%) while the other largest group (30%) identified as Maori. The rest were Pacific Islanders, Asian, or a selection of other ethnicities. In the 2006 census 12.8% of people in the Wellington region identified themselves as Maori. In relation to that figure, it is clear that Maori are over-represented in the residents of the WNS.
Do clients of the WNS have incomes?
A small percentage of 2010 clients were in employment (12%). A majority of the rest were on some kind of benefit: unemployment (17%); sickness (24%); invalid (22%). A significant number (13%) had no income source of any kind.
Do clients need to be referred to the WNS?
Nearly half of new clients to the WNS self-referred (47%), and [5%] were referred by friends or family. Of the remainder, 33% were referred by another organisation, including 19% from social service agencies, 4% from health agencies, and 10% from government agencies.