The Government has welcomed the release of the second progress report on the Homelessness Action Plan, showing that good progress is being made on every one of the immediate actions in the Plan.
“Homelessness will not be solved overnight, but I am pleased to see that this plan is continuing to deliver for some of our most vulnerable, even in the face of the additional pressures of COVID19, housing supply shortages and affordability struggles,” Associate Minister for Housing Marama Davidson says.
The Homelessness Action Plan which was launched in February 2020, and ramped up in response to COVID 19, is the first time a comprehensive central government-led and cross-agency plan has been developed to deliver on the Government’s vision that homelessness is prevented where possible, with a focus on the need for collective action.
The six-monthly report outlined the progress to date, including:
· 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 at February 2021, 342 households had been engaged in the service and 140 households had been successfully housed.
“We know more needs to be done to support whānau facing housing pressures, especially those experiencing homelessness,” said Marama Davidson.
“The Government is working on long-term enduring solutions working with our partners – including iwi, including the community housing sector, including local government – to get as many people into a warm, dry home. The recent announcement for Rotorua’s emergency housing is one example of how the Government can work with partners to provide support to those facing homelessness.”
The Homelessness Action Plan is supported by the Public Housing Plan which sets out the Government’s public housing supply intentions for the next four years, Housing First – a housing and support approach that supports people facing homelessness, the Progressive Home Ownership Fund, the First Home Loan and First Home Grant, and the Housing Acceleration Fund.
The progress report can be found here: https://www.hud.govt.nz/news-and-resources/news/aotearoanew-zealand-homelessness-action-plan-rolls-out-all-18-immediate-actions/
NB: Note to Editors
The Aotearoa New Zealand Homelessness Action Plan was released in 2020 and is a cross-agency approach to deliver on the vision that ‘homelessness is prevented where possible, or is rare, brief and non-reoccurring’. It is based on a commitment to partner with iwi, hapū, marae and Māori organisations, local authorities, providers and people with lived experience of homeless to prevent and reduce homelessness.
Key developments of the action plan:
Immediate actions are designed to address critical points in our homelessness response and put in place foundations for a longer-term approach.
· Accelerated immediate actions to respond to Māori homelessness, including working at pace to provide financial support to Māori providers and working with Iwi and Māori partners on projects to increase housing supply.
· Delivered investment though He Taupua to support projects that build the capability of whānau trusts, Ahuwhenua trusts, hapū, iwi, and registered Māori housing providers who utilise kaupapa Māori approaches to assist whānau experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.
· Completed round one of the Local Innovation and Partnership Fund with $4.096 million released to support the development and implementation of local initiatives to respond to and prevent homelessness.
· Continued to increase transitional housing with 1,000 places delivered as of February 2021.
· Put in place Housing Brokers to support clients in emergency housing or on the Housing Register into private rental accommodation.
· Increased the number of Sustaining Tenancies places as at February 2021, 647 households have engaged in the programme and 147 households successfully completed the programme.