In 2014, we started working with a group of chronically homeless adults who were sleeping rough in the Hamilton central business district.

Today, most of the people who were in this group are no longer homeless. Word got around. The People’s Project, using Housing First, works.

Since then we have supported many more single adults and families with children into homes of their choice.

For many who have been chronically homeless, housing is just the beginning – it’s the start of something new.  We continue to work alongside people to provide ongoing wraparound support to sustain their tenancy, access the services they need to improve their health and wellbeing, and reconnect with their community.

Here's how we're doing today in Hamilton (our Tauranga results will be coming soon)...

August 2014 - 31 March 2018






Adults and families with children

...of the 490 households

Client profile


33% families

42% single male

25% single female

Single males (208) account for nearly half of all the people we've worked with to date. There are 391 children who are a part of the 162 families we've worked with who now have a permanent place to call home. We've also worked with 120 single females who were homeless.

Acuity of homelessness


55% transitional

37% episodic

8% chronic

Since August 2014, we've assisted 219 people who were experiencing chronic and epidsodic homelessness. 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, well-being and life goals. Most of these folk tend to be single males and females. We've also assisted 271 people who were transitionally homeless. Many of the families we assist are primarily experiencing transitional homelessness.
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about different types of homelessness.

Housing type


67% private

28% Housing New Zealand

6% other

Landlords are an incredibly important partner for us. Most of the housing we source for our clients (326 houses to date) is from the private rental market. Just over a quarter (135 houses) is from Housing New Zealand and a small number of houses (29) are provided by community housing providers such as LinkPeople.

Self-directed with assistance



In addition to the 881 single adults and families with children we have supported in the past three years, we have also provided assistance to hundreds more people, who needed some help finding a home.