Prevention actions work to ensure individuals and whānau receive the support they need so that homelessness stops happening in the first place.

Prevention actions

Partner with Māori Iwi, hapū and marae to prevent homelessness through whenua-based initiatives

A key focus of the action plan will be preventing homelessness among Māori through whenua-based initiatives. The Government will continue and extend its relationships with Iwi, hapū, marae and Māori organisations to prevent further homelessness, particularly where they identify land availability, tribal development and options to improve economic futures.

Redesign and expand Sustaining Tenancies

Sustaining Tenancies service is one of the Government’s main interventions focused on preventing homelessness. The service funds community-based providers to support households who are in public and private housing and need help to sustain their tenancy.

Expand housing support for young people leaving Oranga Tamariki Care

This action extends supported accommodation placements to eligible young people leaving Oranga Tamariki care or youth justice to support a more gradual transition into adulthood. Addressing housing needs first reduces the likelihood of homelessness, benefit receipt, and offending.

Improve transitions from acute mental health and addiction inpatient units

The programme will provide housing support, ongoing mental health and addiction support, and other services that may be required by each person such as employment, physical health, living support, assistance with managing relationships, addressing trauma/violence, assistance with budgeting and literacy or educational support. Auckland and Waikato have been selected for the pilot due to the high pressure on mental health and addiction inpatient units in these areas.

Support women who are leaving prison

There are a number of women under Corrections management that have a significant housing or reintegration-related need. This action will provide safe and stable accommodation with reintegration support services for 72 women/wāhine leaving prison. It will enable long-term sustainable outcomes for women/wāhine, their children and wider whānau.

Support returned overseas offenders who are homeless

Returning overseas offenders are individuals who have been deported back to New Zealand due to offending in another country. This action will provide transitional accommodation and support individuals with high and complex needs, who have been deported back to New Zealand and allow better reintegration into a community environment.

Published: June 3, 2021