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New Zealand definition of homelessness: update

This publication updates the definition of homelessness document that was originally published in 2009. The definition itself has not been changed but has been edited to make it easier to read.

Rationale

An agreed definition provides a common understanding of the homeless population in New Zealand and allows government and community groups to make well-informed policy decisions. A definition of homelessness also helps identify the demographics of those most in need and the level of response they require. Policies and resources implemented to address homelessness can be better monitored and evaluated by using a common conceptual definition.

Consistent use of a common definition of homelessness will:

  • enable data to be compared and integrated between organisations and across collections
  • help develop broader public understanding of homelessness
  • facilitate research that produces comparable and consistent information and data on homelessness
  • be relevant for Māori, and include New Zealand’s cultural diversity
  • provide the potential for some international comparability
  • enable the collection of quality data to inform policy and funding decisions about homelessness in New Zealand.

The definition was developed by a working group from Housing New Zealand Corporation, the Ministry of Social Development, and Statistics New Zealand. The group intends it to be used by the Official Statistics System’s partners.

To read the definition, download and print the PDF from 'Available files'. If you have problems viewing the file, see opening files and PDFs.

Citation
Statistics New Zealand (2015). New Zealand definition of homelessness: update. Retrieved from www.stats.govt.nz.

Published 23 October 2015
ISBN 978-0-908350-07-0 (online)

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