Auckland council's role in addressing homelessness


Volume 30 Issue 8 (Oct 2017)

The Community Empowerment Unit and Community and Social Policy Teams, Auckland Council

Abstract: Auckland is New Zealand's largest city with a population of just over 1.6 million. Auckland seeks to be a world class, inclusive city that celebrates its unique Māori culture and rich diversity. It is an attractive place to live, welcoming around 45,000 new Aucklanders each year. At the same time, rapid population growth presents many challenges including a major housing shortage as population growth exceeds housing supply and increases pressure on infrastructure. Housing affordability, for rent or purchase, is declining, and there is significant unmet demand for social, affordable and emergency housing. Homelessness is a growing reality in Auckland for many individuals and families, including those in employment.

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?