nowhere to stay tonight?
we may be able to help
How your youth coach can help you
Your coach can:
- talk to you about your options
- help you find a place to stay for the next few days, and
- help you find somewhere more permanent to live.
If you’re not enrolled in youth service, we may still be able to help you. You might be able to get a place in a transitional house, or a grant to pay for emergency housing.
Your youth coach may try to find you a space in transitional housing, where you can stay for a few months while you find a more permanent home.
There are transitional housing providers all over New Zealand, and they cater for different groups of people.
Not all transitional housing providers accept taiohi. If you’re younger than 18, we’ll do our best to make sure you have somewhere to stay- but if the place you're currently living is safe, the best option may be to find a solution that means you can stay there.
Lots of transitional housing providers have strict rules and breaking them can mean you get evicted straight away. If you’re staying in transitional housing, make sure you know the rules and follow them.
If you have nowhere to stay tonight or in the next seven days, you may be able to apply for emergency housing.
If you’re enrolled youth service, start by calling your youth coach. If not, contact your nearest youth service provider.
Your provider will talk to you to understand your situation and how we can help. They’ll look at what realistic options you might have, like:
- staying with family or friends
- help if you’re behind on your rent
- help if you need rent and bond for a new property
- help with moving and travel costs to shift to another suitable place
- negotiating with landlords, or
- accommodation options you can afford.
If none of these options can work for you, they'll look at emergency accommodation.
We’ll talk to you about your options and, where we can, help you find somewhere to stay.
Not all transitional housing providers accept rangatahi. If you’re younger than 18, we’ll do out best to make sure you have somewhere to stay- but if the place you're currently living is safe, the best option may be to find a solution that means you can stay there.
how much it costs
We’ll cover the cost of your accommodation for up to 7 days at a time in most cases. If you need to stay longer, let us know and we'll continue to cover the cost if we can.
You won’t need to pay this money back unless you’re unreasonably contributing to your own need for emergency accommodation- for example, by breaking the house rules in your usual home.
How it’s paid for
We may pay the accommodation provider directly, so you don’t have to do anything. If not, we’ll give you a payment card and load the money onto it. You'll pay the accommodation provider with your payment card (much like an Eftpos card).