Wellbeing through housing and our COVID-19 response through Housing First

Housing First is a collective response to homelessness in a community. The service helps place people into housing and provides tailored support for as long as it is needed, helping them remain housed and addressing the issues that led to their homelessness. Housing First recognises it is much easier for people to address complex needs, such as mental health and addiction once they are housed.

Our role is to bring together local health and social service providers, housing providers, local government, iwi, and other agencies to kickstart and contract delivery of the programme.

Since its inception in 2016, 3,707 households have been accepted into the Housing First programme and it has been expanded from Auckland into 10 further locations. On 30 June 2021:

  • 2,018 households were engaged in the Housing First programme and were receiving support, of which: o 1,237 were housed o 781 were not currently in housing
  • 111 households had been housed and graduated the programme. Our goal is 2,875 Housing First places by June 2025.

In response to the elevated need brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we accelerated the delivery of Housing First, bringing forward 700 places during the high-need period by working with providers to increase their capacity to deliver. Budget 2021 provided funding for the continued support of this programme.

For more information visit our Housing First page.

Published: December 16, 2021

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