New Zealand Labour Party

Helping Kiwis into homes

Since coming into Government, we’ve worked hard to tackle homelessness and make sure everyone has a warm, dry home. And today, on World Homeless Day, we want to report back and update you on our progress so far. 

The challenges we face in housing have been decades in the making, and won’t be solved overnight — but we’ve made a good start. Here’s how we’ve started tackling homelessness in New Zealand: 

We’ve built more than 2,200 state houses over the past two years.

That's four homes a day on average. We’re building more state houses than any Government in the last 40 years. Read more

We’ve expanded Housing First to help break the cycle of homelessness.

Housing First provides immediate access to housing, then wraparound support to address other issues like addiction. Learn more

We’re helping at-risk people before they become homeless.

We’ve extended assistance like addiction support, budget advice and property maintenance to hundreds of families, so they can stay in their rental home. Find out more

We’re supporting people in urgent need of housing.

We’ve introduced over 2,800 transitional housing places to help people while they get back on their feet. Read more

We’ve protected state homes for future generations.

We’ve passed legislation so future governments can’t sell off state homes, meaning more houses for the people that need them. Learn more


We know there’s more work to do, and tackling homelessness is only one part of improving housing in New Zealand — but we’re making progress. We’ll keep working to get more Kiwi families into homes, and make sure everyone has a healthy, safe place to live.