The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) made available the Severe Housing Deprivation in Aotearoa New Zealand 2018 report on Friday 17 July.
In their announcement, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development welcomes the report and the useful understanding of the level of homelessness (severe housing deprivation) experienced by New Zealand that it provides.
At a high level the estimates indicate that on 6 March 2018 there were at least 41,600 people experiencing severe housing deprivation. This is a minimum estimate, as it is expected to be an underestimation of the homelessness population. This underestimation is likely to be driven by the lower rates of Census completion in 2018 among Māori and Pacific populations, who experience higher rates of household crowding.