Lifewise Trust’s work is a key part of Auckland’s strategic plan to end homelessness by 2022.
The Hub concept, developed in 2008, offers services in a one-stop-shop for homeless people — short-term crisis accommodation; multi-agency case management; support programmes and access to permanent housing. The Hub also provides office space for community and government services, creating a wrap-around approach to support Auckland’s homeless and marginalised people.
As a core part of the Homeless Action Plan developed by the Homelessness Taskforce and Auckland City Council, the Hub system recognises that homeless people living on the streets are among the most vulnerable members of society, experiencing high rates of sickness, mental health issues, trauma, poverty and addiction.
Initiatives such as a new community cafe within the Hub and the successful push to establish a Special Circumstances Court for homeless people in Auckland are further examples of Lifewise’s commitment to moving away from a hand out approach to a hand up one, thereby making lasting positive change possible for homeless people.
The Lifewise Trust’s application showed a strong fit with ASB Community Trust’s Community Housing Projects fund strategic objectives and met the Trust’s priorities for supporting women and Māori. This year a $500,000 grant helped the project meet its objectives.