New Zealand Labour Party

Tackling homelessness this winter

No one should be left out in the cold this winter.

Since coming into Government, we've made our winter response to homelessness a major priority.

We began work immediately, pulling out all the stops to make sure Kiwis in need have a roof over their heads over the cold months.

We have already delivered 1,000 extra housing places as part of our Winter 2018 Response - and many more will be ready soon.

We're making sure everyone who approaches us gets help to find somewhere to stay.

To achieve this, we’ve got an all-hands-on-deck approach – working closely with other government agencies, community providers, iwi, and the wider housing sector.

It’s important to act quickly, and to work with people that know the reality on the ground and in the community.

We are well on our way to our target of 1,500 extra housing places. We've said from the beginning that we'll always do more if we can - and we remain committed to that promise.

Reaching the 1,000 places milestone means at least 1,000 Kiwis and Kiwi families will have a warm, dry and safe place to live instead of worrying whether they’ll have a roof over their heads. We took urgent action to tackle homelessness and invested $100 million in these new housing places.

As Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford said on Tuesday: “So far, we’ve brought on nearly 600 public housing tenancies, 440 transitional housing places for households on a path to long-term housing, and three households have been placed in permanent housing through Housing First.”

We're incredibly grateful to everyone who responded to our PM's call to action. We've received over 270 contacts about potential housing opportunities from members of the public, private landlords or landowners, NGOs, iwi and developers.   

These contacts have meant 122 more housing places were made available, with nearly 73 more expected to be ready shortly.

No one should have to worry about whether or not they'll have a roof over their heads, or finding a warm place to sleep at night.