Kia ora koutou
You may recall in September 2015 that the Social Housing Minister announced a short term housing response for Auckland to help ease pressure on emergency housing in Auckland.
In October, the Ministry sought proposals to run the service and I can confirm that community housing provider Emerge Aotearoa has been contracted to deliver extra emergency housing places in Auckland.
The service starts will provide accommodation for up to 30 people (including families and individuals) at any one time, for up 12 weeks.
Running for two years, Emerge Aotearoa will deliver up to 120 additional places each year for people and families in Auckland who urgently need accommodation and have nowhere to stay.
The first of the 17 places will be available from 14 March 2016 with the other 13 available from mid-May. People will be housed in properties ranging from one and two bedroom units to three and four bedroom houses.
People can be referred to the service if they’re on the social housing register or through direct referral. The extra 120 places will be included in the Auckland Emergency Housing Centralised Register the Ministry is managing. The database provides a clearer picture on the availability of emergency housing beds across the city.
While being housed, individuals and families will have access to other social support services they may need and Emerge Aotearoa will work with the client to develop a plan to help them move into sustainable housing.
The support continues for people after they leave the service, with Emerge Aotearoa working with them for up three months to help them settle into their new property.
This short-term housing response is based on a similar initiative operating in Christchurch where individuals and families living insecure accommodation are referred to a provider for placement into emergency accommodation.
These contracted places follow the review the Ministry has undertaken into the emergency housing sector which found emergency housing providers, especially in Auckland, reporting increased pressures on their services.
While this response is focused on Auckland, the needs of other regional centres will be considered as part of a new proposed funding model for emergency housing which the Government is expected to announce in the coming months.
If you have any questions, please get in touch.
The Minister’s media release is available on the Beehive website.
Regional Commissioner for Social Development Auckland
Ministry of Social Development
Private Bag 68-911, Newton, Auckland