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 - 30 April 2018

Children housed
Adults and families with children

Location source

49% West
21% South
18% City centre
10% Central
3% North

In April 2018, 24 more adults and families with children moved into 12 households across the City, bringing the total number of primary adults in the programme to 227. The location source reports on where people engaged with a Housing First programme - not the location of their subsequent home. Of the 227 people housed (primary adults) since the programme began, 40 were from the city centre, 22 from Auckland Central, 111 from West Auckland, 48 from South Auckland and 6 from North Auckland.


Gender (all adults)

48% Male
48% Female
3% Gender diverse

There are currently 110 males, 110 females and 7 gender diverse people in the programme. In many of the 81 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

64% Individuals
36% Families

Just under two-thirds of people in the Housing First programme are individuals, 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 81 families there are 193 children who have been supported into safe, secure, permanent housing. In April the number of families in the programme increased, because several people had their children return to live them.


Primary ethnicity

62% Māori
20% Pacific
12% NZ European
5% Other
1% Asian

The number of Māori participants in the programme has not changed significantly in the past month (62% - 140 people). Statistics show that Māori are overrepresented among people experiencing homelessness. In some parts of the city, the number of people who identify as Māori is higher than the overall average across the collective, including in the City Centre and in South Auckland. 


Housing type

86% Private
12% Housing NZ
1% Other

It's no suprise to our collective that 86% of the 227 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 28 homes for the people in the Housing First programme.