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

We are contracted to find homes and provide on-going wrap-around support for 572 chronically homeless people in the City Centre, Central, South and West Auckland. 

Here's how we're doing
March 2017 - 31 August 2017

Children housed
Adults and families with children

Location source

50% West
27% South
15% City centre
8% Central

Homelessness across Auckland looks a little different depending on the location. In the city centre, Lifewise and Auckland City Mission are working together with rough sleepers who are known to their services. To date, 19 people have been housed in the city centre who have an average length of time homeless of more than 16 years. In Auckland Central 10 people have also been housed. In the West and South there is a mix of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Two Housing First services work in the West - Kāhui Tū Kaha (previously Affinity Services) and VisionWest; between them they have supported 63 adults plus children into housing. In the South, where LinkPeople work, 34 adults plus children have been housed.


Client profile

56% Single male
21% Single female
19% Family
4% Gender diverse

Single males represent more than half of the people the services in the collective are working with. This is not unexpected; single men are more likely to sleep rough and this reflects the profile of Housing First services around the world. However, in New Zealand, Housing First is working with families too. As part of the 23 families the collective is working with, 64 children have been supported into safe, secure, permanent housing.


Housing type

81% Private
13% Housing NZ
6% Other

It's no suprise to our collective that more than 80% of the 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. Housing New Zealand is our largest residential and social landlord, and an equally important partner for the provision of safe, secure sustainable housing. 'Other' housing includes that provided by a range of non-government community housing providers.


Primary ethnicity

62% Māori
15% Pacific
10% NZ European
10% Other
3% Asian

More than half the people who have been supported into housing report their primary ethnicity as Māori (62%). This is in line with statistics which show that Māori are overrepresented among people experiencing homelessness.