This article discusses the challenges of implementing the Housing First model in New Zealand and provides recommendations and future directions. In Aotearoa, there is a movement towards implementing the HF approach to house people with chronic homelessness in many regions and has been implemented by government-supported agencies as part of a strategy to end homelessness in local communities. Housing First programs were introduced in Waikato/Hamilton in 2014, followed by Auckland, Christchurch, Tauranga, Wellington, and the Hutt. It is now being introduced into Rotorua, Whangarei/Northland, Napier/ Hastings, and Nelson/Blenheim. In this article, Isogai looks at the strengths and challenges of these adaptations across Aotearoa.
The article first appeared in the Parity magazine edition 'Vol 31 - 10, Feb 2019.