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Housing First

Through the Housing First programme, we are able to offer permanent housing to those in need and provide tailored wraparound support to help people address the needs that led to their homelessness.

Visionwest is a foundation member of the Housing First collective. Together we believe that housing is a basic human right and that homelessness needs to be eradicated. Working together with our five Housing First partners strengthens our ability to walk alongside whānau to sustain their tenancies and reach their goals.

We recognise that people experiencing homelessness can face complex challenges, including mental health, addictions, disconnection to whānau and whenua, and trauma. To begin healing, whānau must first have a home. Then, guided by our Kaupapa Māori framework, we walk alongside them providing access to appropriate wraparound services that will help them on their journey to a transformed life.

Housing First and Visionwest

Through Housing First, Visionwest provides quality long-term supportive housing at an affordable rent with properties located throughout West Auckland.

How Housing First Works

As a Visionwest tenant, you have the option to work with a Support Navigator (housing social worker). The Support Navigator will work with you to help you set and achieve goals while walking alongside you to help sustain your tenancy and connect you to other services appropriate to your needs.

There are no set limitations on the duration of stay in the long-term supportive housing.

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Rapid Rehousing

Visionwest are part of the Rapid Rehousing programme. This enables individuals, families and whānau to quickly exit homelessness, return to permanent housing in the community, and maintain their tenancies to avoid a return to homelessness.

People facing homelessness or living in emergency housing require the right support to enable them to get back on their feet and into a stable home. Rapid Rehousing helps facilitate this.

How Rapid Rehousing Works

Rapid Rehousing is for individuals, families and whānau who:

Are recently homeless.
Require low to medium levels of support to access and maintain permanent housing.
Require specialist homelessness support for a finite period (up to 12 months

Rapid Rehousing is dependent on current housing supply.

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