We've been operating in Hamilton since August 2014. The second, larger figure below and the graphics following it represent the Hamilton team’s cumulative housing outcomes from August 2014 to February 2019. The graphic includes a profile of the people we have supported into housing, the acuity of homelessness that was experienced at the time, and the type of housing that was sourced (eg private, community or public).

The first line of figures immediately below represent the team's current caseload. The success of Housing First is its effectiveness in ending people's homelessness. This outcome is measured by the proportion of people who remain in their homes. The international findings are that between 80 and 88 per cent of people in Housing First programmes, will remain in their homes.

In addition to the outcomes below, we've also provided assistance to another 765 people with advice and guidance to help find a home.

Current caseload


active clients


people housed


remain housed

Since August 2014, we've supported


people out of homelessness

...of the 632 households

Client profile - Housed

22% Families

47% Single males

30% Single females

1% Gender diverse

Single males (298) account for nearly half of all the people we've worked with to date. We've also worked with 191 single females who were homeless and 1 person who identifies as gender diverse. Nearly a quarter of the people we have worked with were families (142) with dependent children.



These children are a part of the 142 families we've worked with who now have a permanent place to call home. Many of the single people we work with also have children who are living with other family members. Often, once they have moved from homelessness to a home of their own, they are able to be reunited with their children. This means the positive impact on families and children is likely to be greater than the figures presented here.

Acuity of homelessness

51% Transitional

37% Episodic

12% Chronic

Of the people we work with, nearly half (49%) were experiencing chronic and epidsodic homelessness. Chronic homelessness is defined by a combination and presence of a number of factors including rough sleeping/unsheltered homelessness, length of time a person has been homeless, and the prevalence of multiple and complex needs. It is with these folk that our team spends most of its time, providing wrap-around support to ensure people can maintain their tenancies and start to work on their broader health, wellbeing and life goals. Most of these people tend to be single males and females. We've also assisted many people who were transitionally homeless. Many of the families we assist are primarily experiencing transitional homelessness.

Housing type

65% Private

31% Housing NZ

4% Other social housing

Landlords are an incredibly important partner for us. More than half of the housing stock we source for our clients (412 houses to date) is from the private rental market. Nearly one-third (197 houses) is from Housing New Zealand and a small number of houses (23) are provided by community housing providers such as LinkPeople.