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Initiatives and support for better housing outcomes

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is working with housing providers to trial initiatives to get better results for people with complex issues and severe housing needs. People with the most complex needs and behaviours find it difficult to retain stable housing, putting them at risk of homelessness. With stable housing and tailored support, people can gain control over their lives, be safer and healthier, and stay in school or work. These initiatives will give us evidence about what works so we can invest more in support that makes a difference.

Housing for Winter 2018

We want to make sure that all New Zealanders have the housing support they need this winter. Winter is a particularly challenging time for those without secure housing. Colder temperatures result in increased pressure on the housing sector. Our priority is that all New Zealanders have access to somewhere warm, dry and safe to live. To do this, we will have an additional 1,500 new public, transitional and Housing First places by the end of this winter, compared to the end of 2017.

Housing First

The Housing First programme is a proven approach and supporting people who are supporting people who are chronically homeless and sleeping rough, or who are homeless with multiple and complex needs. The goal is to end homelessness, rather than just manage it. MSD funds community providers in Auckland, Christchurch, Tauranga and Wellington and other high-need regions to work with chronically homeless people using the Housing Frist approach.

Sustaining Tenancies

The Sustaining Tenancies initiative helps at-risk housing tenants hold on to their tenancies. Tenants with complex or serious needs who are at risk of losing their tenancies receive practical support from community providers to help get back on track. The initiative is a partnership betweeen MSD, Housing New Zealand and eight community providers aimed at supporting vulnerable social housing tenants with complex needs to sustain their tenancy by providing them with social support services so they can keep their tenancy.

Creating Positive Pathways

We know that people who leave prison with no access to stable housing are at risk of re-offending.

MSD is working with the Department of Corrections to trial a four-year initiative which houses and supports people reintegrating back into the community from prison.

The trial began in Auckland in August 2018 and aims to offer 250 places in the three CPP regions (including Northland and Wellington), in public housing for people recently released from prison, along with services to help them stay housed and keep their lives on a positive track.

To assess how well this trial works, we’ll be comparing the outcomes of people on the trial with those of people who are not on the trial (but who may have been eligible if more places were available). This will happen after two years and four years of the trial operating. We’ll also invite some participants to share their stories and experience of the trial with researchers. Results from the CPP trial will help inform us of how to best support people with a known housing need when they are released from prison.

Supported accommodation for youth

Since 1 July 2015, MSD has contracted providers in Christchurch, Palmerston North and Auckland to provide accommodation and social support for up to 21 young people in need of housing and to reduce pressure on the social housing register.

Emergency accommodation for perpetrators of family violence

From November 2016, combined agencies are piloting an emergency accommodation initiative for perpetrators of family violence who have been removed from their home following a police safety order.

Emergency accommodation reduces the risk of a perpetrator breaching their police safety order and returning home because they have nowhere else to stay, and allows families to stay in their home.

In Christchurch, North Canterbury and the Waikato, MSD has contracted organisations experienced in emergency housing and support services for perpetrators and families of family violence.