Peter Humphreys thinks so, and he's spent the past 11 years managing nightshelters in Hamilton.
"There was a paternal or maternal person running it, and they'd keep an eye on [residents], and they'd have a community," he said, "if they misbehaved they were told off, and hygiene was kept up."
Humphreys is about to step down after spending more than a decade of helping people who wouldn't otherwise have a place to sleep. Read more here.
What do you think would help people who are homeless in Hamilton?
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The Rhododendron Lawn and the iconic white trunked gum will be gone forever. Is there another solution to the car park issue without turning this space into tarseal?