It’s important to be aware that sharing a home with a young person may require a number of lifestyle changes.
Due to the responsibilities of being a lead tenant, living in the house may incur some restrictions and take some adjusting to get used to. This could include having to plan ahead for time away, being mindful of the regulations of the house and ensuring young people’s safety.
Lead tenants need to have enough time, energy and space available (both physically and emotionally).
A young person in the housing program may display difficult behaviours. This at times can be frustrating. It is important to recognise that the young person may have had a number of difficult experiences, including abuse, separation, grief and loss. This can be confronting and may bring up your own past personal experiences.
Due to past experiences of young people, building relationships and trust may take time. It is important to be patient and establish a consistent and safe home environment.
The nature of the house and circumstances that may arise, may cause you to feel drained. Therefore, it is important to develop skills in being aware of your personal needs and energy levels and making sure that you have appropriate supports and breaks to ensure adequate self-care.
Lead tenants have the privilege of developing positive relationships with young people who may have had limited experiences of loving and supportive relationships. The relationship with the lead tenants can have a significant impact on their future in bringing about change through hope and healing.
Personal growth may come through facing challenges, learning skills and becoming aware of your strengths.