Lifewise has long worked with people experiencing chronic rough sleeping in Auckland.
With a long-term vision to end street homelessness, Lifewise seeks to influence the funding and delivery of approaches to homelessness, as well as the systemic barriers that people face when trying to secure housing and live well lives in the community. It also seeks to prevent homelessness by influencing its points of entry. For example, Lifewise run the Merge Café on Karangahape Road –an inclusive community café where the homeless community and other locals can get healthy low-cost meals, socialise, and access support and advocacy services.
Significant progress was made with the announcement in 2016 that the Ministry of Social Development had selected Lifewise, in partnership with the Auckland City Mission, to implement the Housing First initiative (an international model to end chronic homelessness) in Auckland city centre. The programme is now successfully up and running. The programme has a strong kaupapa Māori approach and involvement of people with lived experience of homelessness at every level.
Lifewise have been active participants in various CSI capacity development workshops, and CSI has provided leadership development support. CSI maintain regular contact and communication with Lifewise, and new opportunities for capacity support continue to be explored.
Lifewise is a Foundation North Catalyst for Change community partner.