Housing is a human right
Brook Turner, 37, is a west Aucklander living in Massey. He’s dedicated 20 years of his life to community development and equal liberty. He joined community services organisation VisionWest in 2016 as its community service development, which includes its Housing First service. The Western Leader caught up with Brook to talk about his role and how it has changed him.
The announcement by Government to expand Housing First into more areas where there is the most need included funding for the Housing First Auckland collective to end homelessness for 100 more chronically homeless people. This takes the number of people the collective is funded to support from 472 to 572.
Social development agency Lifewise commends Bill Englishs acknowledgement of the Housing First collective and its delivery of tangible results, and states that the Government still needs a nationwide strategy to tackle the problem.
Media release from LinkPeople: one of the five services that make up the Auckland Housing First collective. As part of the collective, LinkPeople work with communities in South Auckland where they have housed more than 26 households and are actively working with another 50 people.
Housing First services have supported 150 people into 93 permanent homes across Auckland in the first four months of operation. The collective was launched in March this year as a two-year demonstration project to end homelessness for 472 chronically homeless people (adults) in Auckland using the internationally proven Housing First model.