It's about ending homelessness,
not managing it!

Housing First Christchurch supports people who have been homeless long-term to access housing quickly.

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Housing First supports people in need to access housing quickly. The approach is simple: Provide the housing first, then provide ongoing wrap-around supports that enable people to achieve their goals.

Housing First is unique because it offers individuals and families who have been homeless long-term a home first, and then provides them with additional supports and services for as long as they are needed.


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Housing First Principles 

Housing First is a consumer-driven approach that provides immediate access to permanent housing, in addition to flexible, community-based services for people who have experienced homelessness.
Housing First provides housing without requiring psychiatric treatment or sobriety as determinants of “housing readiness.”
Housing First draws from a harm reduction approach and a recovery orientation. The goal of Housing First is to end chronic homelessness by providing immediate housing and then working with participants to promote recovery and wellbeing.

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"Hokia ki ōu maunga, kia purea e koe e ngā hau a Tāwhirimātea" (Return to your ancestral mountains, so you may be cleansed by the winds of Tāwhirimātea)

This design was inspired by the depth of this particular whakatauākī, which in turn helps one to understand the trials that us as people go through and how we as Māori believe in one way that we are capable of overcoming these. 


Our work during Covid-19

At the beginning of the nationwide Level 4 lockdown in March 2020, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development issued a directive to accommodate all homeless people in Christchurch. Over the next 14-weeks, Housing First Ōtautahi assisted 68 kaewa off the streets and into temporary motel accommodation.

This research report, conducted by Ihi Research, observes that the Housing First Ōtautahi response to Covid-19 was rapid, adaptive and successful. Ihi Research observes that this situation provided an opportunity for Housing First to demonstrate that ‘accommodate first and work through complexities once housed’ works.


Housing First Ihi Research Report

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