Aotearoa/New Zealand homelessness action plan

Second six-monthly progress report: September 2020 – February 2021
Affordable housing Social housing Homelessness New Zealand

This action plan is the first step in a multiyear cross-agency-led approach to deliver on the vision that ‘homelessness is prevented where possible, or is rare, brief and non-reoccurring’. The action plan was launched in February 2020 and backed by over $300m of initial funding.

The action plan sets out an overarching framework to deliver on the vision and improve wellbeing and housing outcomes of individuals, families and whānau who are at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness. The plan comprises the vision, guiding principles, and action areas across prevention, supply, support and system enablers. The plan has 18 immediate actions to be put in place in 2020, and a further 18 longer-term actions to be developed over 2020-2023.

This document provides an overview of the progress made on the action plan to the end of February 2021.

Key findings:

  • Providing urgent support to those in the most need, by continuing to increase Transitional Housing places, delivering 1,005 places as of February 2021.
  • Completing round one of the Local Innovation and Partnership Fund with around $4 million supporting the development and implementation of seven initiatives across the country to respond to and prevent homelessness.
  • Delivering investment though the He Taupua fund to support 37 projects to  assist whānau experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity
  • Piloting a rapid rehousing approach to support individuals and whānau into permanent housing. As of February 2021, 342 households had been engaged in the service and 140 households had been successfully housed. 


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