Housing is a human right
Eighty-three per cent of homeless Aucklanders taken off the streets by a multimillion-dollar housing scheme have kept a roof over their head. Nick Truebridge reports.
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff this morning announced Ira Mata, Ira Tangata: Auckland’s Homeless Count – Auckland’s first region-wide count of people living without shelter (people living on the street and in cars).
A collaboration of community organisations, people with lived experience of homelessness, emergency housing providers, government, academics and approximately 750 volunteers will be involved in Ira Mata, Ira Tangata: Auckland’s Homeless Count – the first region-wide count of people living without shelter in Auckland, which takes place in September 2018.
One year on and the Housing First Auckland collective has supported 227 adults into permanent homes across Auckland. The collective, which was formed in March 2017 and began reporting outcomes in May 2017, was initially tasked with using the evidence-based Housing First model to end homelessness for 472 chronically homeless adults and families in Auckland over a two-year period (2017-2019, 236 adults per year).
Project lead Julie Nelson said the Government’s announcement this morning to increase investment in Housing First services is positive news for the 1,450 people who will benefit from this funding.