We've been operating in Tauranga since June 2018. The second, larger figure below and the graphics following it represent the Tauranga team’s cumulative housing outcomes from June 2018 to 31 December 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 at least another 350 people who did not require a Housing First service, but who were given advice and guidance to help find a home.
Since June 2018, our Tauranga team has supported
69% Single males
31% Single females
The team is currently working with adults who have been rough sleeping in Tauranga. Males account for just over two-thirds of the people we work with, and one-third are single females.
0% Minimal housing intervention (VI-SPDAT score 0-3)
20% Rapid rehousing (VI-SPDAT score 4-6)
80% Housing First, permanent, supportive housing (VI-SPDAT score 7+)
77% Private rental
13% Kāinga Ora
10% Community housing
The People's Project does not own or have access to a supply of housing. As a Housing First service, our role is to work with chronically homeless people to find a home and support them to then be a successful tenant. We work with public, private and community landlords to find rental properties for clients to live in. In Tauranga, finding housing is by far our biggest challenge. All the people we are working with would move into a home today if the housing was available. Many clients qualify for and are on the register for public housing (Kāinga Ora, formerly Housing New Zealand) but demand for public housing in Tauranga is incredibly high and the number of public housing spaces available in the city has not kept up with demand. That's why private landlords are an incredibly important partner for our service. We sincerely thank the Tauranga landlords who are supporting The People's Project. Currently more than three-quarters of the housing stock we have helped source for our clients is from the private rental market. The remaining homes are provided by Kāinga Ora and community housing providers such as LinkPeople and Accessible Properties.