Housing First aims to end homelessness in Rotorua

Today Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta launched the Housing First programme in Rotorua, which aims to put an end to homelessness in the Bay of Plenty city.

Mahuta says that the programme has been proven internationally to support homeless people with high and complex needs.

“It provides them with a home and continues to support them for as long as they need including helping address the issues that led to their homelessness.”

The programme is in recognition of World Homeless Day and is a partnership between LinkPeople, Lifewise and Taumata o Ngāti Whakaue Trust.

Mahuta says, “This partnership will be tackling homelessness head-on in Rotorua, with the aim of ending it completely, not just managing it,”

The successful delivery of the programme depends upon the combined experience of LinkPeople and Lifewise, who are already delivering Housing First services in other regions, along with the wisdom, expertise and local networks of Te Taumata.

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Source: Maori TV