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 August 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 230 people with advice and guidance to help find a home.

Current caseload


active clients


people housed


remain housed

Since June 2018, our Tauranga team has supported


housing outcomes 

...of the 58 households

Client profile - Housed

67% Single males

33% 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.

Acuity of homelessness


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+)

The People’s Project uses the evidence-based and validated Vulnerability Index-Service Prioritisation Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT) to triage and assess the people we work with to ensure we are supporting and prioritizing the most vulnerable people in our communities. 

The questionnaire primarily relies on the self-reporting of those assessed, so it can not be influenced or manipulated by the service.

VI-SPDAT items are grouped under four subdomains: History of Housing and Homelessness, Risks, Socialization and Daily Functions, and Wellness. It may surprise you to know that questions regarding housing and homelessness make up only a very small part of the entire assessment. 

At the end of this assessment the person is allocated a rating between 1 and 16. 

The higher a person’s rating, the more complex the situation, and the more likely we are to need a high level of collaboration among services to work on a range of responses to the person’s needs, including, but not limited to, the type of housing they require.

Any score over 7 means the person’s level of vulnerability and complexity of needs is high. 

Housing type

84% Private

7% Housing New Zealand

9% Other social housing

Housing stock in Tauranga is our biggest challenge. All our clients would move into a home today if the housing was available. Many clients qualify for and are on the register for public housing, but demand for public housing in Tauranga is very high. That's why private landlords are an incredibly important partner. We sincerely thank the Tauranga landlords who are supporting The People's Project.