Young people are at the heart of our service
This service is for 16-24-year-olds who are either homeless, at risk of becoming homeless or have a serious housing need. If you are in this situation or know of someone who is, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We walk alongside our rangatahi
Our youth live together at our communal residences in parts of Central, South, and West Auckland. Lifewise Youth Development Workers walk alongside each young person to create their own independent living plan.
Youth who feel ready to exit the service have ongoing support. This helps reinforce skills, encourage further success, and to ensure access to stable, long-term housing.
We encourage self-sufficiency by using the positive youth development approach. Resident youths receive opportunities to lead others, build critical skills and get involved in their communities.
We help residents set individual goals for independent living skills, education, employment, and securing permanent housing.
We grow self-responsibility
Residents pay 25% of their income in rent. This helps teach budgeting and gives them a rental payment history to help them find permanent housing when they graduate from the programme.
Residents take on responsibilities such as growing their own veggies in the communal garden. They’re often surprised and empowered by the satisfaction this brings.
Airdale Property Trust plays a unique role
Lifewise and Airedale Property Trust run our Youth Housing service together. They often provide the first official tenancy a young person has ever had.
Ongoing support is vital in supporting young people to sustain their tenancy until they move into permanent accommodation. We’ve designed our approach to equip people for future success. Principles include:
- Nurturing effective working relationships between youth and landlords
- Providing education around tenants’ rights and tenant responsibilities
- Separating the roles of property manager and social workers