Fight against homelessness expands

Providers have been selected for the expansion of the successful Housing First programme in Christchurch and Tauranga, Associate Housing and Urban Development Minister Jenny Salesa announced today.

“This Government firmly believes that every New Zealander has a right to a warm, safe and dry home. When people are homeless it strips them of their dignity and hope,” Ms Salesa says.

The Housing First model is focussed on ending homelessness – not managing it. It’s an internationally recognised approach to working with people who have been homeless for a long time.

It places them into long-term housing immediately with no readiness conditions and then provides support services to help address issues such as mental health and substance abuse, so they can stay in their home.

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