Responding to homelessness in Aotearoa New Zealand through home-grown best practice


Volume 30 Issue 8 (Oct 2017)

McIntyre, Stephanie

Abstract: DCM has been working in the city of Wellington since 1969 to 'focus on the needs of, and to help empower, those marginalised in the city.' DCM has adopted the byline 'together we can end homelessness in Wellington' which reflects our current focus on the needs of one key marginalised group - people experiencing homelessness, or who are at risk of homelessness. To support people on their journey towards sustainable housing and hauora we have grappled hard with our practice model, reflecting as a team on what makes for 'best practice' in our context. In Aotearoa New Zealand, our sector would benefit from developing a shared agreement as to what constitutes best practice when working to end homelessness.

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?