Posted on October 28, 2016
I toured the project office this week that Lifewise has set up to design a Housing First programme for Auckland.
Housing First is a complex internationally regarded programme to solve chronic homelessness which, needless to say, starts with providing housing and then integrating “wrap-around” needed support services.
There are a lot of agencies involved, including potentially significant government funding. However the programme aims to house just 60 of the 200 currently homeless in 2017.
Auckland Council could step up and make more progress here by using vacant/under-utilized buildings available.
Phil Goff talked of using Mt Eden prision – but that was never a credible option.