We’re working to make homelessness in Ōtautahi rare, brief, and non-recurring

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Housing First Ōtautahi supports people experiencing long-term homelessness with wraparound support and housing. We provide ongoing wrap-around support services to help people set and achieve their own goals.

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Housing First Principles 

Housing First is a consumer-driven approach that provides 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 Ōtautahi is to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring by providing housing and working with participants to promote recovery and wellbeing.

Access to Housing: No Housing Readiness Conditions
Consumer Choice and Self-Determination
Recovery Orientation
Individualised and Person-Driven Supports
Social and Community Integration
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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. 


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