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 August 2018






Adults and families with children

...of the 566 households

Client profile


24% families

45% single male

30% single female

1% gender diverse

Single males (255) account for nearly half of all the people we've worked with to date. There are 393 children who are a part of the 141 families we've worked with who now have a permanent place to call home. We've also worked with 169 single females who were homeless and 1 person who identifies as gender diverse.

Acuity of homelessness


53% transitional

37% episodic

10% chronic

Of the people we work with, 47% are 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 many 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


66% private

31% Housing New Zealand

3% other

Landlords are an incredibly important partner for us. More than half of the housing stock we source for our clients (371 houses to date) is from the private rental market. Nearly one-third (176 houses) is from Housing New Zealand and a small number of houses (19) are provided by community housing providers such as LinkPeople.

Self-directed with assistance



In addition to the 959 single adults and families with children we have supported in the past four years, we have also provided assistance to hundreds more people, who needed some help finding a home.