December 02, 2022
Kaupapa Māori homeless housing plan funded
The Associate Minister of Housing for Homelessness has announced a $24.7 million boost for kaupapa Māori approaches that support whānau into housing.
Marama Davidson says it will go to Arohanui ki te Tangata, a collective of seven tangata whenua ropu, to support the delivery of the He Ara Hiki Mauri programme.
The ropu, including Kahungunu Whānau Services and Kāhui Tū Kaha, both with 50 years experience in the area, are involved in housing and wider support services for whānau experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.
“He Ara Hiki Mauri will support Māori whānau who do not currently have a house to live in, as well as individuals with complex needs. This might include chronic health issues, mental health needs including addictions, or whānau on low incomes who are moving in and out of homelessness,” Ms Davidson says..
“He Ara Hiki Mauri will also connect with those whānau who might be living in overcrowded or otherwise inadequate housing conditions, as well as those who haven’t engaged with other services.”