Housing first: People working with people


Volume 30 Issue 8 (Oct 2017)

Turner, Brook

Abstract: 'Well it's going to be a ride. That's for sure. Put your seatbelt on. But it's a good ride, like a roller coaster. There will be a lot of highs and lows, twists and turns along the way but it is a privilege. We should consider ourselves really privileged to be a part of this.' 

Housing First as a programme relies on a unique set of skills and roles to house those categorised as the ‘chronically homeless’. In each housing team, specialised roles help the quality, success and growth of the programme. In this article, we will explore the experiences of two key roles in the Housing First approach and hear the stories of Housing First staff on the ground in the New Zealand context. The following is an interview with Sonya Coop and Fiona Watene who belong to VisionWest’s Housing First team. Their work is part of the wider Housing First Auckland Collective.

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?