It has been just over a year since The Hamilton Central City Safety Plan was adopted and Hamilton City Council was able to reveal some positive results at last week's Strategy and Policy committee meeting.
According to a score card issued by council, 44 per cent of Hamiltonians felt central city safety had improved. Businesses' perception of city safety also increased.
There had also been a 30 per cent reduction in Police-reported crime in the central city and less begging and people sleeping rough near businesses.
Council's community development manager Deanne McManus-Emery said there had been a number of significant wins, including implementation of the Safety and Public Places bylaw and Litter Infringement Policy, as well as increased foot patrols.
Mrs McManus-Emery also congratulated the People's Project and the graffiti eradication team, which had registered 6591 jobs in the last year, of which 98 per cent were removed within two working days.
"We're tracking the right way, which is essential, however we need to keep our foot on the accelerator to ensure that momentum continues over the next three years," she said.
Hamilton Central Business Association general manager Sandy Turner said the organisation ran a similar independent survey of business owners and she was delighted with the responses. "There's definitely a significant shift in people engagement with me. I was getting at least 20 or 30 complaints a month now I'm down to maybe one or two."
People's Project leader Julie Nelson was also able to report positive results, with 125 individuals and families rehomed, 91 per cent of whom remained in their housing.
"The total number of people we have been working with since August 2014 is 388," she said. The majority, 81 per cent, had been housed in the private sector, with Housing New Zealand taking 13 per cent and social housing constituted 6 per cent with a small number being housed by Hamilton City Council.
"The city should feel proud about what we have achieved together as one team. We have shown not just New Zealand but the world what can be achieved by multiple agencies working together," she said.
"The New Zealand Coalition to End Homelessness estimates that one in every 120 New Zealanders may experience insecure unsafe housing. In Hamilton that could be as many as 1200, but we believe it's more around 700," she said.
She said the project could end homelessness by December 2016.