The Housing First programme, which aims to end homelessness in Rotorua, was launched by the Minister of Maori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta today.
The programme, a partnership of LinkPeople, Lifewise and Taumata o Ngāti Whakaue Trust, is in recognition of World Homeless Day.
“Housing First is a proven, internationally recognised programme that supports the homeless 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.
“This partnership will be tackling homelessness head-on in Rotorua, with the aim of ending it completely, not just managing it ,” said Nanaia Mahuta.
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, with the wisdom, expertise and local networks of Te Taumata.
“Earlier this year when the Homeless Count took place in Rotorua, a total of 48 were found sleeping rough.
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