Purpose of the fund  

The fund aims to:  

  • support community organisations, local government, iwi and wider community partners to work together to address homelessness  
  • support innovative ways of tackling homelessness, address system gaps and improve responses that are tailored to local needs  
  • prioritise applications that support approaches aimed at reducing reliance on motels for emergency or transitional housing and ending or reducing the most acute forms of homelessness e.g. street homelessness  
  • fund wider projects to address homelessness where a community need isn’t currently being responded to, or where existing support isn’t enough. 

Funding rounds 

The Government has made $16.6 million available for the LIPF over three years, as part of the development of the Aotearoa New Zealand Homelessness Action Plan.

Find out more about the Homelessness Action Plan.  

The funding was allocated in three rounds.

  • Round three funding and recipients

    Round three funding was allocated in July 2023. The funding focused on work that supported one or more of the following vulnerable groups: 

    • wāhine/women  
    • rangatahi/young people  
    • kaumātua/older people  
    • Māori  
    • Pasifika
    • rural communities, and  
    • other groups at risk of homelessness.    

    Round three recipients





    Ōtorohanga Support House Whare Āwhina Inc

    (Ōtorohanga District) 

    Ōtorohanga District Council

    Ngāti Maniapoto Marae Pac Trust

    Te Nehenehenui Trust

    Ōtorohanga Māori Women’s Welfare League

    Ōtorohanga Charitable Trust

    Ōtorohanga District Development Board

    Ōtorohanga College Beattie Homes Ōtorohanga

    OtoMed Ltd

    Establish Wa Kāinga, a single point of access and support services for Ōtorohanga whānau who are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. 



    Tai Tokerau Emergency Housing Charitable Trust 


    Northland Housing Forum

    He Iwi Kotahi Tatou Trust Inc

    Northland Urban Rural Mission

    155 Whare Āwhina

    Support kaimahi in housing to be better able to resource whānau in meeting their own housing needs.


    Te Hau Ora O Ngāpuhi Ltd 


    Whakaoranga Whānau Recovery Hub

    Establish a Housing Hub that will be advocating, informing and navigating people around services available to them.


    Te Puna Ora O Mataatua 


    Waiariki Whānau Mentoring Limited

    Set up Te Pokāpu Hapori (The Hub) to support whānau with individualised plans and advocacy to help them navigate a pathway to housing independence.


    Te Pūtahi-Nui-o-Rehua Charitable Trust 


    Whakaoranga Whānau Recovery Hub 

    Te Hau Ora o Ngāpuhi

    Ringa Atawhai Mātauranga 

    Ngā Hapū o Kaikohe Ngā Hapū o Te Ahuahu

    Establish a Tino Rangatiratanga/housing independence program for whānau Māori living in rural areas.


    Te Runanga o Turanganui a Kiwa (TROTAK) 


    Manaaki Tairāwhiti

    Tairāwhiti Beneficiary Advocacy Trust

    Establish a triage system with their partner organisations for whānau seeking housing solutions.


    Te Runanganui O Ngati Porou


    Te Runanga o Turanganui a Kiwa (TROTAK)

    Support whānau who are homeless or living in overcrowded or unsafe conditions to navigate and access suitable housing products and services.


    Tūwharetoa ki Kawerau Health, Education and Social Services


    Ngāti Tūwharetoa (Bay of Plenty) Settlement Trust

    Whakatāne District Council

    Kawerau District Council

    Kawerau Whenua Māori Collective

    Address housing and homelessness crisis in the Kawerau region through developing sustainable and culturally sensitive housing solutions


  • Round two funding and recipients

    Close to $6 million was allocated in round two in 2022. Funding focused on work that supported one or more of the following vulnerable groups: 

    • wāhine/women   
    • rangatahi/young people  
    • kaumātua/older people  
    • Māori  
    • Pasifika
    • rural communities and  
    • other groups at risk of homelessness.    

    Round two recipients





    E Tipu E Rea Whānau Services 


    Ngati Paoa Iwi Trust 


    Auckland Council

    Development of high level financial and business systems/structures to prepare E Tipu E Rea's for the processes and demands of running a housing complex.  

    The initiative targets teen parent(s) who are experiencing homelessness, mostly Pasifika and Māori. 


    Enabled Wairoa

    (East Coast) 

    Wairoa Youth Achievers Trust

    Te Wairoa Tapakorao Whānui Trust 

    Te Whare Maire o Tapuwae/Whanau Ora Ngati Kahungunu Wairoa Taiwhenua Inc 

    Kahungunu Executive Health & Social Services 

    Wairoa District Council  

    Wairoa Waikaremoana Maori Trust Board 

    Tātau Tātau o te Wairoa

    A Housing Hub to provide a streamlined and coordinated approach to address whānau housing needs. It will provide advocacy, information resources, home repair assessments, navigation between housing products and ongoing support for whānau throughout their housing journey.  


    He Iwi Kainga Tuwharetoa Limited Partnership 

    (Central - Taupo/Turangi) 

    Bay Trust 

    Te Kapua Whakapipi – Office of the Ariki Ngati Tuwharetoa 

    Taupo District Council 

    Waipapa 1D2B3B Trust 

    Employment of Papakāinga Coach to assist both hapu and whānau trusts to build on the Māori owned land. 


    PACT Group 



    Tuatahi Centre 

    Provide rangatahi with tailored whānau interventions that include therapy, parental coaching, addiction and specialist services and assistance to find and sustain suitable housing. 


    Penina Trust


    Grace Foundation 

    Establish a Housing Hub “fale hub” as a single point of access to a local community led approach aimed to prevent and reduce homelessness by providing quality support, information and access to housing solutions. 


    Te Rūnanga
    o Whaingaroa 


    Ngāitupango Marae 

    Waihapa Marae 

    Taemaro Marae 

    Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rēhia 

    Far North District Council 

    A marae-based approach to transitional housing. The initiative intends to work alongside whānau and support those who may be experiencing housing deprivation or homelessness to live in self-contained cabins on Whenua Māori in the Whaingaroa region. 


    Te Whakaruruhau
    2013 Incorporated/
    Hamilton Women’s Refugee


    Te Rūnanga o Kirikiriroa 

    Early intervention and a preventative approach to homelessness for whānau impacted by domestic violence. It aims to identify underlying factors of poor mental health and alcohol and drug addiction so that whānau can receive the supports they need and start their journey to recovery, independence and autonomy. 


    The Male Room (2021) Trust 

    West Coast) 

    Te Piki Oranga 

    Te Rūnanga o Ngati Rarua 

    Create a governance group driven by the homeless and supported by the community to identify and plan strategies that provide housing options for the homeless. 




    Manaaki Rangatahi 

    A two-year pilot project that involves supporting rangatahi who don’t have a permanent base to transition safely into permanent housing. 


    Massey Community



    Manaaki Rangatahi 

    Create a network of short-term host homes which would offer safe emergency accommodation for young people experiencing homelessness. 


  • Round one funding and recipients

    A total of $3.5 million was allocated in round one in the second half of 2020. Funding focused on work that supported one or more of the following vulnerable groups: 

    • Māori 
    • Pacific peoples 
    • wāhine/women 
    • rangatahi/young people 
    • migrants and refugees 
    • kaumātua/older people 
    • rainbow community 
    • people with disabilities. 

    Round one recipients





    Kāhui Tū Kaha(external link)(external link)


    Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua

    Arohanui ki te Tangata

    Provide housing with onsite professional and peer support for people who would benefit from being housed together.


    One Double Five Whare Āwhina Community House(external link)(external link)


    Mahitahi Hauora PHE

    Whangarei Youth Space

    Ngāti Hine Health Trust

    Northland Urban Rural Mission

    Pehiaweri Marae

    Te Ora Hou Inc

    Develop a Youth Housing Plan for Whangarei taitamariki (youth) experiencing homelessness.


    RainbowYOUTH(external link)(external link)


    Te Ngākau Kahukura

    Auckland Council

    Develop a toolkit and a competency programme to build capacity across the wider Auckland region to provide an effective and safe response to the housing needs of rainbow youth communities.


    Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga(external link)(external link)


    Whatever it Takes

    Provides a kaupapa Māori service that fosters strong relationships with whānau who have been identified as chronically homeless using the Pōwhiri Poutama process.

    $1 million

    Takiri Mai o Te Ata Collective(external link)(external link)

    Lower Hutt

    Aro Mai Housing First Collaboration

    Petone Budget Service Inc

    Develop a Wa Kāinga Housing Hub which offers a single point of access to a range of services using a Whānau Ora approach for whānau who are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.


    Te Taumata o Ngāti Whakaue Iho Ake Trust(external link)(external link)


    Manaaki Ora Trust

    Provide Te Arawa-centric financial wānanga to support individuals and whānau experiencing homelessness or at risk of being homeless.