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Short Distance | Long Journey – Walter’s Housing Story

Short Distance | Long Journey – Walter’s Housing Story

Walter was born a stone’s throw away from the Visionwest house he now lives in, the journey from his boyhood home to this one has not been easy, but it has brought a true life-transformation.  “It’s been a long journey for me,” says Walter. Sitting...

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A Path Out of Homelessness – Damon’s Story

A Path Out of Homelessness – Damon’s Story

Prior to lockdown, Damon* had been sleeping rough for a long time. His sister had noticed his declining health and wellbeing and became so concerned that she urged him to visit Visionwest. The reluctance Damon felt when he first visited...

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Simon’s Housing Story

Simon’s Housing Story

“It was like a big blanket washed over me…” Through no fault of his own, Simon (not his real name) became a part of New Zealand’s homelessness statistics. Leaving behind a successful business, he moved to Christchurch to become caregiver to his...

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Busby Street Opening – Community Housing

Busby Street Opening – Community Housing

17 new homes = 17 whānau housed! 17 new homes means 17 whānau who have been struggling to find a place to live will now have a warm, dry and safe home. At dawn on Wednesday May 19th, between the showers, Visionwest opened our latest housing complex...

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Hine’s Housing Story

Hine’s Housing Story

As an 18-year-old, Hine was living on the street. Three years later, she is securely housed in an immaculately kept West Auckland flat managed by Visionwest. Friendly and articulate, she says her biggest goal is finding a regular job and, one day,...

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Daniel and Emma’s Transitional Housing Story

Daniel and Emma’s Transitional Housing Story

Living in a Visionwest house in the Luke St transitional housing development, Daniel and Emma are loving life. Daniel has his dream job, they have safe and comfortable housing, their five children are happy, and their relationship has never been...

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Jody’s Story – Community Connection

Jody’s Story – Community Connection

Jody* is too unwell and vulnerable to work but in order to access the government support she needs, she had to complete an online application form. For Jody this was a major barrier. She doesn’t own a computer and has no idea what an online form...

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Home at Last – Ono and Ana’s Community Housing Story

Home at Last – Ono and Ana’s Community Housing Story

Like most parents, Ono and Ana* want only the very best for their children but finding a home for their family became a monumental challenge. For six years Ono and Ana and their children had shared a house with other people but things started...

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Natasha and Gordon – From Homeless to Dream Life

Natasha and Gordon – From Homeless to Dream Life

It’s not so long ago that Natasha and Gordon Smith were homeless. Their eldest daughter, Miracle, was conceived while they were finding shelter at an Edwardian home in Christchurch, featured in Peter Jackson's 1994 film, Heavenly Creatures. “Today...

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