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 two funding 

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.    

 

Provider 

Partners 

Project 

Amount 

E Tipu E Rea Whānau Services 

(Auckland) 

Ngati Paoa Iwi Trust 

Lifewise 

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. 

$850,000 

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 

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.  

$977,500 

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. 

$354,600 

PACT Group 

(Wellington) 

Atareira 

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. 

$990,000 

Penina Trust

(Auckland) 

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. 

$938,331 

Te Rūnanga o Whaingaroa 

(Northland) 

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. 

$775,500 

Te Whakaruruhau 2013 Incorporated/Hamilton Women’s Refugee 

(Waikato) 

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. 

$720,000 

The Male Room (2021) Trust 

(Nelson/Marlborough/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. 

$249,700  

Visionwest 

(Auckland) 

Manaaki Rangatahi 

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

$70,028 

 

Massey Community Trust 

(Auckland) 

Lifewise 

Manaaki Rangatahi 

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

$40,600 

 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

Provider

Partners

Project

Amount

Kāhui Tū Kaha(external link)

Auckland

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.

$392,364

Lifewise(external link)

Auckland

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.

$229,984

One Double Five Whare Āwhina Community House(external link)

Whangarei

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.

$245,000

RainbowYOUTH(external link)

Auckland

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.

$479,000

Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga(external link)

Napier/Hastings

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.

$750,000

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

Rotorua

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