Need a place to stay?

The TEA Project (Temporary Emergency Accommodation)

Who can apply to the TEA Project?
We do have a very limited capacity for temporary emergency accommodation, but this is reserved for Gender Minorities (such as whakawahine, taahine, transgender people, etc).
This is because there are existing homeless shelters for cis men and cis women, but no shelter exists for trans women, trans men, or other gender minorities.
Regardless of your age, you can apply to the TEA project (see also below).

Sexuality and Gender Minority Youth
If you are a sexuality minority youth (lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer, etc and under 20 years old), regardless of your gender, you can also contact us and we will do our best to support you in finding appropriate accommodation.

If you want to apply to The TEA Project
The person you need to talk with is Ahi.
Ahi will talk through your situation with you and discuss your options, and give you information to support finding a more permanent solution.
Ahi will then need to check with all current caretakers, and if you are approved you can stay for up to 4 weeks.
You’ll need to read 128’s Kaupapa and Safer Spaces policy, and live at 128 as anyone else – no drinking at 128, no smoking inside, no meat in the kitchen, cleaning up and helping out.

Please do not ask if you can sleep at 128 unless you are trans, intersex, or a SGM youth.

If you are not trans, intersex, or a SGM youth, and you need emergency shelter, please try the following links:

Cis women’s shelter here.

Cis men’s shelter here.

Soup Kitchen for free meals here.


Please see the contact page here to get in touch with the TEA Project


Other resources and local organisations which might be useful for Sexuality and Gender Minority people experiencing difficult circumstances in Wellington:

National Gender Minorities Organisation of Aotearoa – information and advocacy

OUTline – phone or in person counselling

TranzForm – trans youth support

Evolve – youth health and support service

Schools Out – sexuality and gender minority youth support

NZPC: Sex Workers’ Collective – unofficially the biggest transgender org in Aotearoa (sex workers only)

Wellington trans* and intersex – local Facebook support group

Transgender NZ – national Facebook support group

Gay Wellington – resources and info

Lesbian Wellington – info on local events and groups

Tiwhanawhana – Maori culture group for takataapui


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