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The LinkPeople Waikato team met up for its first full team meeting since COVID-19 restrictions in March recently, catching up at the Houchen Wellbeing Village where social distancing could be observed. “The day was really good for the team to connect and share, and was the first time we all had a moment to be present and together as one team after returning from lockdown,” Waikato acting regional manager Tyron Pini said. From housing case workers to tenancy specialists, the team caught up with...
Sonia* (34 years) and her daughter Amy* (9 years) had been in a private rental for six years, when she came to LinkPeople. Sonia had fallen behind in the rent and had just been before the Tenancy Tribunal as a result. From the outside, it looked as though this was simply about money, but when Lydia from LinkPeople spent time unpacking what was really going on, the truth emerged. Sonia’s ex-partner, who was in prison for assaulting both her and Amy, was due for release. His friends had been...
Housing First – the model that prioritises permanent housing outcomes –recently received almost $200M from the government in a special Mothers’ Day announcement. The funding injection will pay for an additional 1,044 places in the programme, bringing the total number of people supported across the country to 2,700 over the next four years.
Wendy Baikie is a LinkPeople housing case worker based in Taranaki. Wendy shares the story of how she supported her client Hope* find a new house. This story has been shared with the permission of Wendy and Hope.
Government has announced a $100 million investment to tackle homelessness, including $63 million for Housing First services across the country, over four years.
Project lead Julie Nelson said the Government's announcement this morning to increase investment in Housing First services is positive news for the 1,450 people who will benefit from this funding.