Youth Transition to Adulthood Service | Lifewise + Airedale Property Trust

Youth Transition to Adulthood

The Youth Transition to Adulthood Service provides safe housing and support for youth who don’t have a safe or stable place to live.

This service is for 17-24-year-olds who either are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless or have a serious housing need.

The service encourages self-sufficiency by using the positive youth development approach. Resident youths receive opportunities to exercise leadership, build key skills and get involved in their communities.

There is a communal youth space on-site. Lifewise social workers work alongside residents, helping them to create their own independent living plans. Resident youths are encouraged to identify individual goals including independent living skills, education, employment, and securing permanent housing.

Residents are required to pay 25% of their income in rent. This not only helps them learn budgeting skills (how to save money for housing expenses) but also establishes a rental payment history to assist them in obtaining permanent housing upon program graduation.

Youth who feel ready to exit the service are also offered ongoing support to help them reinforce skills, encourage further success, and to ensure they can access stable, long-term housing.

Lifewise and Airedale Property Trust run this West Auckland-based service together.

Residents receive support to take on responsibilities, like growing their own veges in the communal garden

How are youth prepared for adulthood?

Besides practical life skills, young people at Lifewise’s Youth Transition to Adulthood service receive support to:

  • live independently + how to live with someone else 
  • be a good neighbour and resolve disputes
  • take on responsibilities, like growing their own veges in the communal garden, budgeting, and seeking employment 
  • build a community of young people that support each other and share experiences and learnings. 
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Victoria Hearn
Service Design & Development – Youth Housing

 
Victoria Hearn believes that access to housing is a basic human right. Without a safe place to live it’s difficult for young people to access education, get employment or support themselves financially. That’s why Victoria joined the team at Lifewise to focus on providing accommodation options that help young people maximise their choices. By providing stable accommodation and support, young people have a base to build from and a chance to develop independent living skills.
 
With Vodafone Foundation’s help, Victoria can dedicate her time to Lifewise and together, we can end homelessness.

Why do youth need a separate service?

Youth homelessness is distinct from adult homelessness, both in terms of its causes and consequences 

Youth often have little or no experience of living independently, dealing with landlords, paying their rent and managing a household. This is why our service includes education around resident’s rights and responsibilities as a tenant.

The population of young people experiencing homeless is also incredibly diverse. Some groups experience considerable discrimination, which is not only a contributing factor to their homelessness, but may also continue when they access services and systems while they are homeless. This exclusion also makes it difficult to access rental accommodation or a living wage, both of which are necessary for independence.

Young people experience significant developmental changes 

Adolescents and young adults, depending on their age, go through significant developmental changes. These could be physical, cognitive, emotional and/or social.

Age differences matter, too. There is a huge difference in the needs, circumstances and physical and emotional development of a 14-year-old compared to an 18-year-old or a 23-year-old. The impact of these changes influences decision-making ability. These changes also affect relationships and organisational ability. To these youth, dealing with landlords or managing a household budget can seem harder than it is.

To know more about the Youth Transition to Adulthood service, write to Lawrence or call Lifewise Family Services on 09 818 6834.

The role of Airedale Property Trust

Nurturing effective working relationships between youth and landlords

Providing education around tenants’ rights and tenant responsibilities

Separation of the role of property manager and social worker

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For many of our youth, moving into the Youth Transition to Adulthood Service may be the first tenancy they have ever had. Ongoing support is vital in supporting them to sustain their tenancy until they move into permanent accommodation.

Airedale Property Trust provide property management of the youth housing and work closely with youth to develop skills around maintaining a tenancy and nurturing an effective working relationship between youth and landlords. This includes monthly property inspections, collecting rent and resolving arrears, and managing day-to-day property maintenance.

Airedale Property Trust take a relational approach and build and maintain relationships with our residents through clear, consistent and ongoing communication.

If you need help please contact Lifewise

This can be done confidentially by phone or email.

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