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Housing for the homeless over Winter 2018

No one needs to live in a car or be left out in the cold this winter. Our aim is that everyone who approaches us for help with housing is supported in some way to find a place to stay.

Our all-hands-on-deck approach to preparing for winter is strongly focussed on collaboration and engagement. We’re working closely with other government agencies, community providers and the wider housing sector to understand and react quickly to what’s happening on the ground, and in our communities.

This approach will allow us to do everything we can to help New Zealanders get through winter safely.

The Winter 2018 Response will deliver more than 1,500 places across Housing First, transitional and public housing during Winter 2018. The package will deliver:

  • up to 50 Housing First households placed in permanent housing
  • up to 416 additional transitional housing places
  • up to 1,071 additional public housing tenancies.

This is just the start of what we are aiming to achieve over winter. We will always do more if we can, and we are working closely with our providers, the wider housing sector and communities to uncover all possible options for more housing supply.

How we're tracking against our targets for Winter 2018

The table and graph below show how we are tracking against our Housing First, Transitional Housing and Public Housing targets this winter.

Please note that Housing First figures will be available in June 2018, as we have been working with the relevant providers to place Housing First households in permanent housing.

How we're tracking against our Winter targets for 2018

Graph - How we're tracking against our Winter targets for 2018

Areas of high need

We will be closely monitoring regional demand this winter and have identified a number of locations where rough sleeping is expected. These will be likely to include Auckland, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington (including Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and Porirua), Hamilton, Dunedin and Tauranga. Regional towns may also see increases in demand, including Whangarei, Rotorua, Gisborne, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Blenheim and Nelson.

Areas of high need may change based on demand presenting during winter and emerging issues.

How can I help?

The housing situation that New Zealand is currently experiencing will take time to solve – it’s not something that can be done overnight.

The priority is to increase the number of houses, and support all New Zealanders to have a warm, safe and dry place to live.

We are always open to new and innovative ideas that will help us to increase the housing supply, and any ideas of land we could use. This winter, we are specifically interested in hearing about:

  • properties that might be available over winter, such as seasonal worker accommodation or private rental homes
  • small land options that are suitable for temporary housing, with power and water connections already available, such as campgrounds, marae or private land.

As at 22 June we have received nearly 200 contacts about potential opportunities from members of the public, private landlords or landowners, NGOs, iwi, and developers.

Funding for the Winter 2018 Response

Approximately $37.1 million will be invested this winter across Public Housing, Transitional Housing and Housing First.

For more information about funding you can read the: