Government, council back scheme to eliminate Christchurch’s homelessness problem

The Government will back a multimillion-dollar scheme to help eliminate homelessness in Christchurch.

The Housing First initiative will put 100 of the city’s long-term homeless into homes and provide them with additional services and support to increase the chances of them staying off the streets.

Christchurch City Council’s housing sub-committee on Friday voted to support the Christchurch Housing First Partnership, which aimed to end chronic homelessness in Christchurch by 2020.

Following the vote, Associate Housing and Urban Development Minister Jenny Salesa announced the Government had selected a Christchurch provider for the expansion of Housing First in the city.

“The expansion of Housing First . . . is a step in the right direction in ending chronic homelessness,” Salesa said.

“The successful Christchurch proposal is a collaboration model led by Christchurch Methodist Mission, in co-ordination with Comcare, Emerge Aotearoa and Otautahi Community Housing Trust.

“There will be 100 places available in each city [Christchurch and Tauranga] for chronically homeless people urgently in need of help.”

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