Cross-Party Homelessness Inquiry

The Cross-Party Homelessness Inquiry has released its final report. You can read it here.

This inquiry was launched by Labour, Green and Māori Parties after National MPs turned down Opposition requests for a Parliamentary select committee inquiry into the issue.

We want to hear from members of the public, those who experience homelessness and agencies working with them, about the best ways to support them and reduce the reasons they lose their homes in the first place.

There are many, many families who have no choice but to sleep in overcrowded garages, or in their cars. It hasn’t always been this way in New Zealand, and it doesn’t have to continue like this.

Homelessness is a blight on our society and we need to work together to find enduring solutions. This is a valuable opportunity for us to hear more from whānau, experts and those most impacted.

Submissions will initially be heard in person at four locations: Te Puea Marae in Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington and Christchurch between the end of August and early September.

The terms of reference for the inquiry are:

  • Consider whether the official definition of homelessness needs updating, and recommend accordingly.
  • Assess the evidence on the current scale of homelessness, whether it is changing and how, and what the causes of that change might be.
  • Evaluate possible policy responses to homelessness, including international best practice, and recommend accordingly.
  • Consider how homelessness is experienced by different groups in society and evaluate policy responses that respond to that experience. For example, Maori experience of homelessness and Maori-led initiatives to respond
  • Hear public submissions and expert evidence, particularly from those directly affected by homelessness and their advocates, and issue a written report.