Choice in Supported Living, Community Living and Residential Living information. Family governed models.

  • Supported Living: a service that helps disabled people to live independently by providing support in those areas of their life where help is needed.
  • Community Living: an alternative to residential services for people with significant disabilities. It offers more choice and control over where they live, who they live with and how they are supported.
  • Residential Living: provides 24/7 care for the person with the disability, often for people with VHN (very high needs).
  • Family governed models: to be updated

Disability Connect has included everything you want to know about these options on page 5 of Networker magazine (Dec 2014) (PDF)»

The following organisations provide support:

Creative Abilities

Providing full-time residential, 24/7, community living for people with Physical/Intellectual Disabilities. They do not have the specific contract “Choices in Community Living (CiCL)”. However, families access this alternatively by using Individualised Funding and they also utilise various other residential support living arrangements by using the Creative Abilities Home & Community Support services. They have around 15 community living homes in various North Shore suburbs and day services based in Glenfield. They also have Respite options for day services clients.

Day services are accessed via funding agency, ie. MSD, ACC, MoH (specific instances) and privately. They are an assessment agency for Total Mobility Services.

Lifeway Homes

Has four residential homes in the Warkworth area and Rodney district, providing 24/7 care for adults with an intellectual disability. LIFEWAY Homes is a Christian trust which is committed to giving their residents a lifestyle that mirrors family life as closely as possible. They value unconditional love, family interaction and the emotional, recreational, vocational and spiritual development of their residents. Contact Julia Withers on phone (09) 283 3536, or email


Living independently in the community can be challenging and a difficult decision to make for people with disabilities. The team at Renaissance can support you to strive towards achieving your goals in life.

Renaissance is contracted to the Ministry of Health to deliver Supported Living services in the greater Auckland region and Choices in Community Living in the greater Auckland and Waikato region. They support individuals with intellectual, physical and or sensory disabilities between the ages of 17 to 65 years. Their mission is to help you get the best services and support.

Rescare Homes Trust

Rescare has 9 supported living houses, is a gated community, and is located at 7 Rebecca Rise in Weymouth.

Spectrum Care

Their independent living support aims to provide person-centred, Outcomes-focused lives of choice, where people have control over and choice in their life and the supports they receive. They provide both choice in community living and supported living.

Supports and goals in both programmes are individualised to the needs and wishes of each individual and promote autonomy, inclusion and community integration.

Te Apita Trust – residential services

The Trust provides 24/7 care to 12 people in 3 facilities on the North Shore in Auckland. Phone (09) 444 8313.

Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust (community living and residential services)

Choices in Community Living provides support to people with intellectual disabilities who live or plan to live independently in a home that they rent, lease or own. Their services ensure that personal plans are developed so that people can improve their skills and capabilities towards independence and participation in the community. Outcomes such as being able to maintain whanau (family) responsibilities and be included in cultural activities are some of the opportunities that this service can assist with. Te Roopu Taurima provides long-term residential accommodation for people with an intellectual disability, usually over the age of 16, who are unable to be supported in their own home.

Te Rori a Mua Trust – residential service

Te Rori a Mua Trust was established in 1993 on a rural setting to provide a 24/7 residential service and a day program during the week for adults with an intellectual disability. The meaning of Te Rori A Mua is “the road ahead” and this provides the foundation to ensure the organisation focuses on the future to provide quality services to meet the needs, aspirations and wellbeing of people with intellectual disability and their families.

Matea Trust – residential service (men only)

The Trust’s 9-bedroom home is situated on an attractive lifestyle block, featuring a creek running through the property, forestry plantings, livestock, extensive vegetable gardens and an orchard. They are located at 1016 Dairy Flat Highway, Dairy Flat, RD 2, Albany 0792. Email