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 Local Innovation and Partnership Fund 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 is being allocated in rounds. 

Round one funding 

A total of $4.1 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)


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.


Lifewise(external link)


Auckland City Mission


Provide intensive, 24/7 support and on-site management of single-site supported housing for people who are struggling to, or who have been unable to sustain tenancies in Housing First programmes.


One Double Five Whare Āwhina Community House(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)


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)


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)

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)


Manaaki Ora Trust

Start a Te Arawa housing alliance to address homelessness in the Rotorua area and provide Te Arawa-centric financial wānanga to support individuals and whānau experiencing homelessness or at risk of being homeless.

$1 million

Round two funding 

Round two will allocate up to $6 million. Applications for round two have closed and are currently being assessed. Funding decisions are expected to be announced in May or June 2022.