Clare Aspinall

Clare is a PhD student researching the evolution and transferability of Housing First (HF) in Aotearoa, New Zealand (Aotearoa). The study is part of a five-year research programme on the delivery and outcomes achieved by using HF in Aotearoa, funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. He Kainga Oranga has partnered with the People’s Project and Waikato University to establish the programme.

The transferability of HF as a concept and programme, requires a statement of principles and case studies on the initial implementation of HF. We have used qualitative case study methodology to describe and compare HF’s implementation in Hamilton, Auckland, and Wellington. The topic is explored from the perspective of service providers implementing HF programmes and key people working in government and community organisations with a role in addressing homelessness. Results have been analysed in relation to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Aotearoa’s macro and meso level, policy and service delivery environment, and progress to address homelessness. Study findings are compared with findings HF’s initial implementation internationally.

Clare has research interests in homelessness, housing adequacy and equity, emergency and temporary housing issues, and effective ways to address and prevent homelessness in Aotearoa, New Zealand. She previously spent 13 years as a public health advisor with Regional Public Health specialising in housing and homelessness. She was a founding member and co-chair of the New Zealand Coalition to End Homelessness. She is the Vice Chair of Dwell Housing Trust and has 16 years of governance experience in the Community Housing sector.

Clare convenes the Wellington PUBH 713, Society, Health, and Health Promotion. She previously spent 13 years as a public health advisor with Regional Public Health specialising in housing and homelessness. She was a founding member and co-chair of the New Zealand Coalition to End Homelessness. She is the Vice-Chair of Dwell Housing Trust and has 16 years of governance experience in the Community Housing sector.

To obtain a Masters of Public Health she researched the boarding houses in the Wellington region. Anyone can live in a boarding house, can’t they? The advantages and disadvantages of boarding houses 

Key publications

  1. Slade, M. Zussman, D. Seversinsen, C.
    (2018),
    Marginal Housing: Boarding Houses and Camping Grounds in New Zealand: Get involved and act now!
    Parity,
    14 (3), 23-25.
  2. (2017).
    Homelessness in New Zealand.
    The 12th European Research Conference on Homelessness,

    Proceedings of the 12th European Research Conference on Homelessness can be retrieved from http://www.feantsa.org.

  3. Cadman C. Carrington L.
    (2013).
    More than a landlord: Realising the potential of the community housing sector.
    Homes People Can Afford: How to Improve Housing in New Zealand,
    Chapter Nine, S Bierre., P Howden-Chapman, L Early., Wellington. Steele Roberts Aotearoa.
  4. (2007).
    A Public Health Approach to Homelessness.
    Parity,
    Vol 20: Issue 9, p7-8. Melbourne. Council to Homeless Persons.