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

From 2017 to 2019 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. 

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

Children housed
Adults and families with children

Location source

46% West
29% South
19% City centre
6% 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. For the 18 people in the city who have been supported into homes so far, the average length of time homeless was more than 16 years. In the West and South there is a mix of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Two Housing First services work in the West - Affinity and VisionWest; between them they have supported 43 adults plus children into housing. In the South, where LinkPeople work, 27 adults plus children have been housed.


Client profile

55% Single male
25% Family
17% Single female
3% 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, 57 children have been supported into safe, secure, permanent housing.


Housing type

76% Private
18% Housing NZ
6% Other

It's no suprise to our collective that more than three-quarters 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

59% Māori
15% NZ European
13% Pacific
9% Other
4% Asian

More than half the people who have been supported into housing report their primary ethnicity as Māori (59%). This is in line with statistics which show that Māori are overrepresented among people experiencing homelessness.