Homelessness and supported living

Improving community wellbeing.

Connections we have in our communities can provide us with informal support and shared resources. People in communities that are cohesive and empowered will be better able to support each other through disasters, as well as thrive in the face of everyday challenges. In 2019/20 we will working in partnership to try and reduce homelessness.

As identified in Te Mahana, our Homelessness Strategy, reducing homelessness in Wellington is a priority for the city. The Council is working collaboratively with central government and social services to end homelessness for individuals, making it rare, brief and non-reoccurring. This includes a three-year contract with the Downtown Community Ministry (DCM), granted in December 2018, to deliver outreach services for people who are sleeping rough and tenancy-sustaining services for those most vulnerable to homelessness. We are also planning to provide a one-off $500,000 grant, through the City Growth Fund, to the City Mission to support the development of additional housing that will assist individuals and families who are at risk of remaining or falling back into homelessness. These initiatives strongly align with and support the central government’s Housing First programme which is designed to house people quickly then provide intense wraparound support for people who have been chronically homeless. The Council also grants support for emergency and transitional housing services such as the Wellington Night Shelter and the Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust.

Improving community wellbeing.

Connections we have in our communities can provide us with informal support and shared resources. People in communities that are cohesive and empowered will be better able to support each other through disasters, as well as thrive in the face of everyday challenges. In 2019/20 we will working in partnership to try and reduce homelessness.

As identified in Te Mahana, our Homelessness Strategy, reducing homelessness in Wellington is a priority for the city. The Council is working collaboratively with central government and social services to end homelessness for individuals, making it rare, brief and non-reoccurring. This includes a three-year contract with the Downtown Community Ministry (DCM), granted in December 2018, to deliver outreach services for people who are sleeping rough and tenancy-sustaining services for those most vulnerable to homelessness. We are also planning to provide a one-off $500,000 grant, through the City Growth Fund, to the City Mission to support the development of additional housing that will assist individuals and families who are at risk of remaining or falling back into homelessness. These initiatives strongly align with and support the central government’s Housing First programme which is designed to house people quickly then provide intense wraparound support for people who have been chronically homeless. The Council also grants support for emergency and transitional housing services such as the Wellington Night Shelter and the Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust.