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Addressing homelessness in the city centre

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Tuesday 18 Jun 2019

Addressing homelessness is a high priority for the city centre and there are a number of initiatives in place to tackle this issue. Here are some recent updates on the mission to end homelessness in the city centre.

Housing First

The Housing First programme, delivered in the city centre as a partnership between Lifewise and Auckland City Mission, has released its latest results.

Since the programme began in early 2017, it has helped more than 100 people experiencing chronic homelessness in the city centre into permanent housing, with 80 of those people currently in housing. Around three quarters have been homeless for more than five years (and nearly a third for more than 20 years). 

We welcomed the government's announcement in May that it would be investing a further $197 million over four years to strengthen the Housing First programme, including providing further support for the city centre. 

James Liston Hostel

The James Liston Hostel in Freemans Bay was reopened earlier this month after a $5 million renovation - of which $2 million was funded from the City Centre Targeted Rate. The renovation has transformed the 1970s building and expanded its capacity to 52 beds, providing shelter to the city's homeless and vulnerable. 

Social agencies - Auckland City Mission and Lifewise

We actively support social agencies like the Auckland City Mission and Lifewise and we know there is a lot of work being done to tackle homelessness in Auckland.

Both Lifewise and City Mission have also helped inform and support our Street Guardians programme, which seeks to mitigate the impact of begging in the city centre and involves many people from the city centre's street community. 

Find out more

Find out more about what's being done to end homelessness in the city centre here.