Our service meets the unique needs of youth
Young people facing homelessness have very different needs to adults because the causes, course and consequences of their situations are so different.
We grow self-responsibility
Youth bring less experience of living independently. They may not have any experience dealing with landlords, paying their rent or managing a household. Therefore, we prioritise teaching rangatahi about things such as resident’s rights and tenant responsibilities.
Youth face particular barriers when they’re looking for accommodation. Some experience considerable discrimination when they’re seeking housing, and when they try to access services and employment while they are homeless.
Developmental changes affect the journey
Adolescents and young adults go through significant developmental changes including physically, cognitively, emotionally and socially. These change influence decision-making ability.
Age differences matter a lot. There is a huge difference in the needs and development of a 14-year-old compared to an 18-year-old or a 23-year-old.
Developmental changes affect relationships and organisational ability. For youth, dealing with landlords or managing a household budget can seem harder than it does for adults.
We’re leading change with innovation
Lifewise Trust is dedicated to preventing and ending rangatahi/youth homelessness. Through the support of the Vodafone Foundation and Auckland Council, we are reigniting the Youth Housing Collective: Manaaki Rangatahi. Our objectives are to:
To know more about Manaaki Rangatahi, check out the Facebook page or contact Lifewise’s Youth Strategy & Development Coordinator, Bianca Johanson.