Housing support initiatives

We're finding ways to get better results for people with complex issues and housing needs.

Helping people find and stay in housing

People with the most complex needs and behaviours find it difficult to retain stable housing, putting them at risk of homelessness.

With stable housing and tailored support, people can:

  • gain control over their lives
  • be safer and healthier, and
  • stay in school or work.

Our housing initiatives provide evidence about what works so we can invest more in support that makes a difference. We also fund and work with organisations across New Zealand to deliver services to help people find and stay in housing.

Housing First

Warm, safe housing is a basic human right. Housing First aims to end homelessness - not just manage it.

More than 1,450 of New Zealand’s most vulnerable homeless people will be supported through the Housing First programme over the next four years.

Housing First

Improving the quality of data

Comprehensive and quality data on the issue of homelessness is vital to make sure that:

  • housing supply meets demand, and
  • we take the right action to respond, prevent and end homelessness in New Zealand.

Some of the ways we're working to improve this data include:

  • regular counts of people who are sleeping rough or without shelter, and
  • an official estimate of the full homeless population following each Census.

Winter 2018: Housing help for those in need

Approximately $37.1 million was invested to increase the number of public housing, transitional housing and Housing First places as part of our Winter 2018 Response.

We worked closely with other government agencies, community providers and the wider housing sector to understand and react quickly to housing needs in our communities. And we made sure that everyone who approached us for help with housing was supported in some way to find a place to stay.

Winter 2018 Response 

Sustaining Tenancies

We’re working with Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities and community providers to support people to become stable public housing tenants.

Since 2017, the Sustaining Tenancies trial has offered practical support to help at-risk public housing tenants:

  • avoid losing their housing, and
  • reduce pathways to homelessness.

Creating Positive Pathways (CPP)

People who leave prison with no access to stable housing are at high risk of both homelessness and re-offending.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Social Development and the Department of Corrections we're trialling an initiative which houses and supports ex-offenders reintegrating back into the community.

The trial began in Auckland in August 2018 and aims to offer 250 places in the 3 CPP regions (including Northland and Wellington), in public housing for people recently released from prison, along with services to help them stay housed and keep their lives on a positive track.

To assess how well this trial works, we’ll be comparing the outcomes of people on the trial with those of people who are not on the trial (but who may have been eligible if more places were available). This will happen after 2 years and 4 years of the trial operating. We’ll also invite some participants to share their stories and experience of the trial with researchers.

Results from the CPP trial will help inform us of how to best support people with a known housing need when they're released from prison.

Published: October 11, 2019