Auckland Homeless Count released today

By Jessica Tyson

Updated. According to Auckland's Homeless Count released this afternoon there are approximately 800 people living without shelter across the Auckland region, a number which jumps to over 3,000 when those in temporary and emergency housing are added.

The report, Ira Mata, Ira Tangata, marks a point in time count to discover the extent of chronic homelessness across Auckland. It was conducted on September 17, by the Housing First Collective and Auckland Council.

The people living without shelter who were counted on the night numbered 336. This included 179 people sleeping rough and 157 people sleeping in cars.

Auckland mayor Phill Goff says the goal of the count is to end homelessness, "not just manage it". 

“800 people sleeping rough in Auckland is 800 too many. Add to that another 2,874 in temporary or emergency accommodation and we’re looking at thousands of adults and children without a safe, secure, warm home to live in."

When used alongside other data sources and research, the findings will provide council, government and NGOs with a better understanding of the size and nature of homelessness in Tāmaki Makaurau to assist in informing policy and planning to end homelessness.

“The Homeless Count will significantly improve our understanding of the shape and scale of homelessness in Auckland and ensure effective services can help get people off the street, out of cars and into homes," says Goff.

The survey covered the region from Wellsford in the north to Waiuku in the south, Piha in the west and the Hunua Ranges in the east.

A full report will be available in December.