We’ve been operating in Tauranga since June 2018. The first line of figures immediately below represent the team’s current caseload. The second, larger figure and the graphics following it represent the Tauranga team’s cumulative housing outcomes from June 2018 to 15 December 2022. The graphic includes:

  • a profile of the people we have supported into housing
  • the acuity of homelessness that was experienced at the time
  • the type of housing that was sourced (eg private, community or public).

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

Current caseload


active clients


people housed

Since June 2018, our Tauranga team has supported


housing outcomes

…of the 196 housing outcomes


Client profile – Housed

6% Families

69% Single males

25% Single females

The team is currently working with adults who have been rough sleeping in Tauranga. Males account for more than two-thirds of the people we work with, and nearly one-quarter are single females.

Acuity of homelessness


21% Rapid rehousing (VI-SPDAT score 0 - 6)

79% 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

59% Private rental

5% Kāinga Ora

36% Community housing

The People's Project does not own 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 nearly two-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.