No decision yet on Salvation Army Invercargill hostel

Salvation Army Major Murray Sanson says no decision has been made on the future of the army hostel in Invercargill.  It closed two months ago because it did not meet the required building standards.

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Salvation Army Major Murray Sanson says no decision has been made on the future of the army hostel in Invercargill. It closed two months ago because it did not meet the required building standards.

The Salvation Army remains undecided on plans for its hostel which is no longer in use in Invercargill.

A heritage-listed Category 2 building, it closed two months ago after it was deemed unsuitable for transitional or emergency accommodation. The 115 year old building is owned by the military.

A statement from Army Headquarters in Wellington said there was a need for “significant compliance upgrades, requirements to modernize accessibility and major works throughout the [Invercargill] complex”.

“We are currently working on options regarding the future of the building.”

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The hostel has already been closed once due to structural issues. It was closed from 2012 to early 2016.

Major Murray Sanson, of the Invercargill branch of the military, said 10 accommodation areas were in use at the hostel. Now, the army has access to 16 temporary rental accommodations in the city that can accommodate people who benefit from them.

The Invercargill branch of the military has helped 592 people with emergency or temporary accommodation over the past five years, Sanson said.

“We support people not only immediately, but even after we have received them temporarily [accommodation] in their own rental properties.

Linda G. Ibarra