Housing is a basic human right
Housing First recognises housing is a basic human right, and so there are no preconditions to receiving housing. The programme helps people experiencing chronic homelessness in the city centre. Housing First gives people power to lead their recovery, choice and access to wrap-around support for as long as they need it.
Our approach is collaborative
The Auckland City Centre Housing First Programme is a partnership between Lifewise and the Auckland City Mission. Our two organisations share a commitment to end homelessness. Together, we have more than 100 years’ experience working with people experiencing homelessness and hardship in central Auckland.
The nature of homelessness is complex. Long-term homelessness in the city centre brings additional challenges. To be effective, our response must be a collective endeavour.
Our programme has a strong kaupapa Māori approach. We designed it with Tangata Whenua and the street community at every step. This includes the involvement of people with lived experience of homelessness. Their participation means the voice of the ‘rough sleeper’ community is incorporated from the outset.
We also work alongside partners from Auckland Council, Ministry of Social Development, Housing New Zealand, DHBs, Iwi and other NGOs. Airedale Property Trust has partnered with us to locate and lease the housing and provide tenancy management and support.