Question :
Hi, We are looking into setting up a charitable trust focussed on the complex issue of homelessness in New Zealand. I have been doing some research and it seems that one of the greatest areas of need is our rangatahi. It is very difficult to gather statistics on youth homelessness and I wondered if anyone has any information on how to go researching in this space to better understand the problem.Thank you!Nikki

Question submitted 27/01/21 @ 01:46pm
Industry: Social Enterprise (Community, Not-for-Profit, For Profit)
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    Tēnā koe Nikki,

    You are right – I totally agree that one of our most significant foundation issues in Aotearoa NZ is access to safe, warm, stable housing. Solving this solves so many other social challenges.

    My recommendation is to connect with organisations who are already doing great mahi in this space. The Housing Foundation (https://www.nzhf.org/), Auckland & Wellington City Missions (https://www.aucklandcitymission.org.nz/homeground/) are great places to start. The Salvation Army also puts out some amazing research, especially their State of the Nation report every year. Check out their reports here. https://www.salvationarmy.org.nz/research-policy/social-policy-parliamentary-unit

    These organisations may have data sets you can use, or have already conducted research into this complex issue.

    I would also recommend thinking about how you may be able to support work already being done, or adapting solutions from one area that might be right for your community, or location that you are interested in supporting. People like Tiny Deane in Rotorua, one of the heroes in addressing homelessness, are great to connect with and learn from.

    Work on your problem first to really understand it, then define what solution you beleive (and the people who experience homelessness believe) is the most impactful and then go from there. Setting up a charitable trust comes next, as you need to be sure that that legal structure is the right one for what activity you want to do and importantly the impact you wish to have.

    Good luck!!

    Ngā mihi nui,



    Hi Nikki

    It’s worth giving Stats NZ a call and asking what databases they had. I called them late last year for advice on some stats and the guy I spoke to was very helpful and walked me through navigating their databases while I was online. I’m sure it will be hard to accurately measure due to the very nature of what you are measuring but worth a crack.

    BTW, at Rocketspark we love supporting people doing great things about homelessness, at risk youth, health, wellbeing etc so don’t be shy in hitting us up about how we can help with your website needs if you want to have a digital presence. We’ve helped hundreds of not for profit organisations get online and help keep their costs very low as they use our website builder and we’re always happy to look at special rates for not for profits. When you are ready give the team a call on 0800ROCKET to see how we can help.

    Kind regards


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