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  • Three Years and Going Strong in Ōtepōti      21 April 2021
    Posted by: Methodist Mission Southern
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    It's three years this month since the first rangatahi moved into our Ōtepōti Youth Transition Home (YTH). Since then 61 young people have successfully transitioned through our YTH houses into independent living - a success rate of over 90%!

    The YTH model is extremely cost-effective, doesn't need any purpose-built facilities (our houses are rentals from private landlords), and achieves successful transitions in around 20 weeks on average. Find out more here:

    It has taken some great social service partnerships to get YTH off the ground, and a core group of change-focused funders like; Ministry of Social Development (MSD), Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga - Ministry of Housing and Urban Development NZ, and Otago Community Trust

    #housing #homelessness #youthhomelessness #socialhousing #rangatahi #transitionalhousing #socialimpact #NewZealand #wellbeing

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  • Good News for Young People in Otago and Southland     10 February 2021
    Posted by: Methodist Mission Southern
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    The Mission have been successfully supporting young people (who would otherwise be homeless) with a place to live and support to transition to independent living, at the same time as developing their essential living skills, and enhancing their physical, mental and resilience. Residents are also supported in creating educational and employment pathways.

    We opened our Dunedin youth residence in 2018 (YTH Ōtepōti) and we have successfully supported 48 young people to transition to independent living since then. Following on from this success we were delighted to be able to open a youth house supporting young people in Invercargill (YTH Waihōpai) in 2020, at the same time as we were successfully managing our response to COVID 19.

    We are now actively engaged in the work required to provide a transitional housing for young mothers in Otago and Southland who are facing challenges around housing and support in 2021. We are working closely with a number of local service providers to best meet the needs of this group of young people and to achieve the best possible outcomes for them.

    If you would like to support us directly in this work you can make a Givealittle donation on this site, or contact the Mission for more information: 03 466 4600, or . Your donations will be gratefully received and can be applied towards our wider YTH programmes.

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