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Homeless court faces funding crisis

176 249x300 Homeless court faces funding crisis Auckland’s specialised court for homeless people may not survive the year if it cannot secure more funding, the Auckland Council’s Community Safety Forum has been told.

The New Beginnings Court, a pilot established in November 2010, was set up to help stem the “revolving door” of homeless people charged with low-level offending.

Arrest rates for those involved in the programme have reduced by 66 per cent, and have been sustained for six months following.

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