Author:Housing First Auckland, Auckland Council
Source:Housing First Auckland | Auckland Council
This report presents results from Ira Mata, Ira Tangata: Auckland’s Homeless Count, the first Point in Time (PiT) Count of people living without shelter and in temporary accommodation, which took place across the Auckland region (excluding the Great Barrier Local Board area) on 17 September 2018.
In 2017, Auckland Council funded Housing First Auckland to deliver the PiT Count to enhance understanding of the size and nature of homelessness experienced by people living without shelter and in temporary accommodation. With a regional focus, Ira Mata, Ira Tangata, built on the PiT Counts conducted in the inner city between 2004 and 2016 by central city agencies, including Auckland City Mission.
Goals of the count
Ira Mata, Ira Tangata had several objectives.
1. Gather information to improve understanding of the demographics and experience of people living without shelter (through the survey) and in temporary accommodation (through service level data.)
2. Provide data to inform Auckland’s progress to ending homelessness, specifically in relation to people living without shelter and those living in temporary accommodation.
3. Design and deliver a count methodology for use in the New Zealand context which can contribute to current policy discussions on measuring and understanding homelessness.
Scope of the count
The 2015 Statistics New Zealand definition of homelessness was the starting point to determine the scope of Ira Mata, Ira Tangata. The final scope included people in the categories of ‘living without shelter’ and ‘living in temporary accommodation’. The other two categories, ‘sharing accommodation’ and ‘uninhabitable housing’, were deemed outside of scope. ...