Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Homelessness Action Plan report shows ‘solid progress’

The latest progress report for the Aotearoa New Zealand Homelessness Action Plan shows solid progress is being made against 18 actions, Associate Minister of Housing (Homelessness), Marama Davidson said today.

It is the fifth progress report on the plan which first launched in February 2020.

“By agencies working collectively with communities, Māori, iwi and housing providers, we’ve been able to support more New Zealanders out of homelessness,” said Ms Davidson.

“One of the milestones I’m really proud of is the contracting of over 2200 sustaining tenancy places which will help individuals, families and whānau who may be at risk of losing their tenancies.

“By putting people’s needs at the centre of our mahi we’ve been able to support people in private or public housing that could be struggling to pay rent, dealing with mental or physical health issues or risk factors such as addiction or family violence,” she said.

The following milestones for the Homelessness Action Plan have been met in the six months from February-August 2022 (cumulative figures since February 2020):

  • Pilots in Auckland and Waikato to support people leaving acute mental health and addiction inpatient units;
  • 2,202 Sustaining Tenancies places contracted as at end August to help individuals, families and whānau keep their places to live;
  • 918 individuals and whānau engaged with the Rapid Rehousing pilot, with 311 individuals and whānau transitioned into permanent housing;
  • 99 places delivered to support rangatahi youth leaving Oranga Tamariki care;
  • Close to $6 million allocated to local work and projects that respond to and prevent homelessness in round two of the local innovation partnership fund;
  • 12 regions with dedicated housing broker services.

The full progress report is available here.

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