Western Bay of Plenty Provider Network
We are helping support services come together to discuss collaborating on services and projects that support individuals and families experiencing homelessness. It is important that we work together, in a coordinated way, so that we can share resources, people and understanding towards a common goal. It is vital that our most vulnerable individuals and families receive the support they need, when they need it, and that we don’t create any additional barriers.
This network meets every six weeks and is facilitated by SociaLink Tauranga Moana. For more information on the provider network or to be a part of the group please contact SociaLink
Western Bay of Plenty Homeless Strategy & Action Plan (work in progress)
As multiple national, regional and local stakeholders each have a role in solving homelessness, there is value in developing a strategy so that an integrated approach is taken to resolving identified problems in a coordinated way.
This strategy sets out a vision to eliminate homelessness for the western Bay of Plenty. It defines clear roles for the wider range of agencies, funders and service deliverers involved across the sub-region. The strategy is supported by a cross-agency action plan and a monitoring and evaluation framework.
Vision: Homelessness in the western Bay of Plenty is prevented where possible, or is rare, brief and non-recurring
The strategy is funded and supported by:
- Tauranga City Council
- Western Bay of Plenty District Council
- Acorn Foundation
- Bay Trust
- Te Puni Kōkiri
- Department of Internal Affairs
- SociaLink Tauranga Moana
- Bay of Plenty District Health Board
- Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
- Ministry of Social Development
- Western Bay of Plenty Providers Network.
Vital Update – Tauranga (findings available from May 2020)
‘Vital Update – Tauranga’ is a research project that looks at the geographic communities in Tauranga: who makes them up, and what their needs, wants and aspirations are for their neighbourhood’s and the wider city.
Acorn Foundation, TECT, BayTrust and Tauranga City Council have teamed up to carry out this research, so we can all create a better future for residents. Information collected within this research will support further planning in the homelessness and housing spaces with data we have never seen before.
Release of research reports is due May 2020. Watch this space.
Funding and support for local services
While we are eagerly awaiting the outcome of the western Bay of Plenty homelessness strategy and action plan, we will continue to provide funding (or rent in kind) to some local services. We anticipate providing greater support following the outcome of the action plan. The services we currently support are providers directly involved in housing solutions and temporary relief for those individuals and/or experiencing homelessness. These services include:
- Awhina House (Women’s Shelter)
- Takitimu House (Men’s Nightshelter)
- The People’s Project
- Tauranga Foodbank.