“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services.” – Article 25, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The Auckland City Mission is working in partnership with Lifewise to develop a tailored ‘Housing First’ model for central Auckland. ‘Housing First’ is an innovative and proven approach to housing people experiencing chronic homelessness. The approach is based on 5 key principles:
Housing First Key Principles
- Immediate access to housing with no attached conditions
- Client choice and self-determination
- Focus on recovery
- Individualised support
- Social and community integration
Many traditional programmes for housing people experiencing chronic homelessness require participants to meet certain criteria, such as proven sobriety or medication of mental health issues, before they can be housed. The ‘Housing First’ model flips this process and argues that people are better able to address the deeper issues they face if they are living in a safe, secure home environment. Once a person has been housed, then they are provided with wrap-around services to help address any underlying issues.
The Housing First model has proven highly effective in ending chronic homelessness in cities as diverse as Salt Lake City, Helsinki, New York and Adelaide.
‘Housing First Central Auckland,’ with our partners at Lifewise, began with a powhiri on February 27th, 2017. Our aim is to successfully house 60 people by the end of March, 2018.