Housing first Auckland city centre programme: Responsiveness to Māori

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Parity
Volume 30 Issue 8 (Oct 2017)

Beaton, Sophia; Greenaway, Sarah

Abstract: Housing First programmes have been implemented in many countries across the world. Housing First, which provides rapid access to permanent housing with flexible communitybased supports, works better than traditional approaches for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples who are experiencing chronic homelessness. However, Housing First needs to be adapted in order to achieve optimal results for Indigenous peoples. For example, when Housing First was implemented in Winnipeg, Canada (where 70 per cent of people experiencing homelessness were Indigenous) both the programme and participants faced systemic barriers. There was significant discrimination and racism against people in the programme from both landlords and within the health system.

Parity is a publication of the Victorian Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) and the national homelessness publication in Australia. The aim of this publication is to develop an up-to-date, comprehensive and detailed resource for all those working to respond to homelessness in Aotearoa, whether they are working in government policy, homelessness, mainstream government services, social housing and other welfare sectors, in universities or other research bodies.

The 2017 edition of Parity is intended as an update to the October 2007 “Responding to Homelessness in New Zealand” edition of Parity. The current edition is an opportunity to reflect on the past ten years. What have we learnt? How have we progressed? What new challenges have prevented themselves in the intervening years?