Homelessness in Auckland will be rare, brief and non-recurring

We formed as a collective at the end of March 2017, and started reporting our results in May 2017. We are contracted to find homes and provide on-going wrap-around support for 472 chronically homeless people in the City Centre, Central, South and West Auckland. In August 2017, the Government announced funding for 100 more places. 

Here's how we're doing
May 2017 - 31 March 2019

Children housed
Adults and families with children

Location source

46% West
20% South
16% City centre
15% Central
3% North

Between 01 January and 31 March 2019, 21 more adults moved into 21 more households across Auckland, bringing the total number of primary adults in the programme to 512. Of the 512 people housed (adult participants) since the programme began, 83 were from the city centre, 78 from Auckland Central, 238 from West Auckland, 100 from South Auckland and 13 from North Auckland. Please note, the location source reports on where people engaged with a Housing First programme - not the location of their subsequent home.


Gender (all adults)

50% Female
48% Male
2% Gender diverse

There are currently 245 males, 258 females and 9 gender diverse people in the programme. In many of the 188 families we work with, females are the predominant primary carer, which is reflected in the proportion of females in the Housing First programme.  


Client profiles

63% Individuals
37% Families

Just under two-thirds of people in the Housing First programme are individuals living without dependent children (this is not to say they do not have children, but their children do not live with them). Families with dependent children make up the other one-third of those in the programme. In these 188 families there are 452 children who have been supported into safe, secure, permanent housing. 


Primary ethnicity

57% Māori
22% Pacific
16% NZ European
4% Other
1% Asian

The number of Māori participants in the programme is 291 people. Statistics show that Māori are overrepresented among people experiencing homelessness. The number of Pacific participants in the programme remains relatively unchanged at 22%.


Housing type

85% Private
10% Housing NZ
5% Other

It's no suprise to our collective that 85% of the 512 homes we have sourced for people are from the private rental market. Private landlords are an incredibly important partner in the fight to end homelessness. In many cases, these privately-owned properties are being leased to a community housing provider in the Housing First collective. Housing New Zealand is our largest residential and public landlord, and an equally important partner for the provision of safe, secure sustainable housing. To date, Housing New Zealand has provided 51 homes for people in the Housing First programme.