Episode 6: Hidden HomelessnessCulture, Health, New Zealand|2021|09:34|M
Lifewise, one of the organisations who try to help the homeless, have a special group who deal with young people. As Six meets the team she is shocked at the scale of the problem. There are hundreds of young people who are couch surfing or crashing at friends who don’t even realise they are homeless. Although Lifewise have some flats for homeless youth, the demand is overwhelming. They are constantly turning young people away or sending them back to emergency accommodation which is inappropriate. But this is also a story of hope as Six meets Samie, one of the youth workers who explains that it’s not just about finding a house. Their role is one of long term support and mentoring for people who have continually been let down by those who should provide care. And such dedication works as Samie visits a young man who had been on the streets as an 18 year old after being released from jail. Now he has a job, a house and even bought Samie dinner with his first pay cheque.