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Addressing homelessness is a high priority for the city centre. At the last annual street count, there were 177 people sleeping rough within three kilometres of the Sky Tower.

We actively support Lifewise, the Auckland City Mission and others with their initiatives to end homelessness in Auckland - by facilitating conversations  as well as lobbying and advocacy.

Housing First

One of the key initiatives aiming to end homelessness in Auckland is the Housing First programme, which was established in early 2017 as a two year pilot. Housing First works to end homelessness by getting people experiencing chronic homelessness into secure housing before addressing issues such as addiction and mental health.  This model has been successful in other countries and in Hamilton, which was the first New Zealand city to initiate the programme. The Housing First collective has been contracted to house 572 chronically homeless people in Auckland, with funding in place to find housing for 60 people in the city centre.

Since March 2017, homes have been found for 221 adults and children.

What else is happening

Other initiatives in place for supporting homelessness in Auckland City include:

For more discussion about homelessness in Auckland and the Housing First model, watch the Auckland Conversation on Homelessness here, read an insight into the experience of rough sleeping in central Auckland here or watch the wonderful video below.

Video: Lifewise/Housing First

Visit Lifewise and Auckland City Mission’s websites to find out more about they do to support the homeless community in the central city.

To achieve the goal of ending homeless in Auckland, more action including significant funding is needed. Ongoing funding for the Housing First programme needs to be secured, as well as the development of a national strategy for ending homelessness in New Zealand. There is also a role for business.

If you have any questions, concerns or ideas - talk to us

Please contact us if you’d like to discuss homelessness in Auckland's city centre.