A new report shows good progress is being made on all 18 immediate actions in the Aotearoa New Zealand Homelessness Action Plan in its first year of delivery.

The action plan was released in February 2020 and backed by over $300 million in funding. The plan was utilised during COVID-19 with actions ramped up to provide immediate support.

The Plan recognises the need for a collective action between Government agencies and the community to address homelessness. The 18 immediate actions are underway to support individuals, families and whānau at risk of or experiencing homelessness and positive wellbeing and housing outcomes are emerging.

Key developments of the action plan

  • Accelerated immediate actions to respond to Māori homelessness, including working at pace to provide financial support to Māori providers and working with Iwi and Māori partners on projects to increase housing supply.
  • Delivered investment though He Taupua to support projects that build the capability of whānau trusts, Ahuwhenua trusts, hapū, iwi, and registered Māori housing providers who utilise kaupapa Māori approaches to assist whānau experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.
  • Completed round one of the Local Innovation and Partnership Fund, which supports the development and implementation of local initiatives to respond to and prevent homelessness.
  • Continued to increase transitional housing with 1,005 places delivered as of February 2021.
  • Put in place Housing Brokers to support a percentage of clients in emergency housing or on the Housing Register into private rental accommodation.
  • Increased the number of Sustaining Tenancies places: as at February 2021 647 households have engaged in the programme and 147 households successfully completed the programme.

Visit the Homelessness Action Plan progress report page for more information.