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LifeWise

About this service

About this service

Lifewise works with people experiencing homelessness in the Auckland City Centre area, supporting them so they can lead independent lives.

Lifewise helps the community through the following initiatives:

  • The Auckland City Centre Housing First Programme. The programme focuses on housing people who are chronically homeless. Housing First is for people who have been rough sleeping for the past year or longer, and have health or other serious issues. Housing First does not keep a waiting list and those with the most need will be accepted first. Please talk to staff at Lifewise, James Liston and Auckland City Mission for more information.
  • Merge Community Peer Support. Our team is mostly made up of volunteers who have experienced homelessness. The team supports people who are currently homeless in the Auckland city centre by being a ‘listening’ ear and building relationships with the community.

The team uses their experiences of rough sleeping to awhi and support street whanau to work on their issues including:

    • Information about housing and other essential services
    • Navigation to other places where support is also available e.g. mental health or addiction, budgeting, case management
    • Support for people accessing information or entitlements from Work and Income and other government agencies

The drop-in service is available from Monday to Friday, 10am – 12pm at Merge café or the upstairs Merge office at 453 Karangahape Rd.

  • Merge CaféA Community Café at 453 Karangahape RD. Breakfasts and lunches are subsidised to make sure that people who are homeless or living on the margins eat well every day. Merge has Community prices for Merge Community who we support with affordable meals, and Pay in Fullness prices for our customers who can pay for a hearty meal at a really great price. Open Mon – Fri from 7am – 2pm.
  • Haven. An after-hours, pop-up support space at Merge Café (453 Karangahape RD)

It’s a safe, warm space if you are having a rough time after using, if you are feeling distressed, or you just want to feel less alone. Drop-in and take some time out. Peers from addiction, mental health and homeless services will be on hand if you need them.

Haven is open Friday 6pm-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm and Sunday 10am-7pm

Haven is a Lifewise, Odyssey House, and Mind and Body (Emerge Aotearoa) Initiative

  • Youth Transition to Adulthood service provides safe housing and support for youth who don’t have a safe or stable place to live. This service is for 17-24-year-olds who either are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless or have a serious housing need, and encourages self-sufficiency by using the positive youth development approach. Young residents receive opportunities to exercise leadership, build key skills and get involved in their communities.

 

Services at this location

  • Advice
  • Advocacy
  • Housing
  • Food
  • Support Services

Services at this location

  • Advice
  • Advocacy
  • Housing
  • Food
  • Support Services

Contact Information

Address

385 Queen St

Phone number(s)

09 379 6932

Hours

Merge Cafe open Mon - Fri: 7am - 2pm

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