The Government is making a further $9 million available to community organisations working with the homeless or people struggling to find housing.
Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett said the flexible fund was to help people find suitable accommodation, as it was clear simply finding a bed for the homeless was not enough.
The money was not just for housing, she said.
"This funding will ensure that community organisations - working alongside central and local government - will be able to tackle the causes of homelessness, from employment, through to health factors like addiction and mental health issues."
There were two main initiatives.
The first was $6 million for Better Housing Outcomes - a range of solutions to prevent homelessness by working with social housing tenants who were at risk of eviction.
The remaining $3 million was for Housing First, that first moves people into housing and then provides support to address the issues underpinning their homelessness.
Up to $1 million of the Better Housing Outcomes fund would support some families who could either look towards home ownership or were able to move into a private rental and free up social housing.
The fund should help about 2000 people over the next two years, Mrs Bennett said.