Supported accommodation for youth

Since 1 July 2015, MSD has contracted providers in Christchurch, Palmerston North and Auckland to provide supported accommodation for up to 21 young people in need of housing and to reduce pressure on the social housing register.

This is an important initiative to house eligible young people aged from 16 to 19 years (inclusive). Providing a supportive, safe and stable living environment for young people contributes to better education, health and employment outcomes.

Delivered by community providers, this service also provides young people with a range of support from learning basic living skills to helping them access other support services in the community, such as Youth Service.

The combination of a stable, safe living environment gives these young people a better opportunity to become self-sufficient. The providers will mentor these young people and connect them to other support.

The community providers are Presbyterian Support Upper South Island in Christchurch for up to 8 youths, Te Aroha Noa Community Services in Palmerston North for up to 5 youths and Affinity Services Limited in Auckland for up to 8 youths.

These organisations will provide alternative housing in 2 to 5-bedroom properties to house youths referred from the social housing register.

Supported Accommodation for Youth is a part of the Government’s Social Housing Reform Programme, which is increasing the supply of social housing and better supporting vulnerable New Zealanders in housing that suits their needs.

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