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Housing providers and sector – get involved in social housing

Government agencies are working together with community providers and the wider housing sector to develop diverse and innovative social housing that is more responsive to the needs of tenants.

This includes:

  • building new social housing on Crown land or non-Crown land
  • providing social housing in a property leased from the private market
  • transfers of certain Housing New Zealand houses to community housing providers
  • social support for tenants in social housing.

Become a registered community housing provider

Registered community housing providers can access the Income-Related Rent Subsidy (IRRS) for new social housing tenancies.

To receive the IRRS, community housing providers must first be registered with the Community Housing Regulatory Authority (CHRA).

Information to invest – Social Housing Purchasing Strategy

To enable providers, developers, investors and others in the housing sector to plan investment in social housing, the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) publishes the Social Housing Purchasing Strategy.

The Social Housing Purchasing Strategy gives detailed information about:

  • where MSD plans to increase social housing supply
  • demand for social housing
  • funding and contracting
  • how the housing sector and community providers can get involved.

Ideas for future social housing opportunities

We are seeking ideas from providers and the housing sector for future supply or transfer of social housing, particularly in areas of high demand.

The Treasury and MSD are managing an ongoing Request for Information (RFI) for parties to identify opportunities, including redeveloping land they own, or intend to acquire, for new social housing or a mix of social and affordable housing in high-demand areas.

A cross-agency group reviews options or ideas and considers how they should be progressed. The information we receive will inform future social housing opportunities.

Meeting social housing demand – request for proposals

MSD is working with the housing sector and community providers to create more social housing places to meet the demand across New Zealand. When an opportunity for new social housing or a social housing transfer arises, a Request for Proposal is released on the Government Electronic Tender Service to seek interest from providers and other parties.

Meeting demand in Auckland

To meet high demand in Auckland, MSD has an Auckland-based Social Housing Supply Team who work with the market to develop proposals.

Government will spend $144.5 million over four years from 2016 to secure more social housing in Auckland. This includes $24.4 million in development grants and weekly rental subsidies available to community housing providers on top of the IRRS.

MSD has a Request for Proposal to deliver 1,000 additional IRRS social housing services in Auckland by June 2018. This requires a number of proposals of varying scale from multiple parties. You can learn more on the Government Electronic Tender Service.

If you need assistance with a funding proposal or have any questions about existing and new development opportunities, please get in touch with Andrew Barker or Eva Taka-Roger.

Social housing transfers

To help grow the community housing sector and encourage innovation, some Housing New Zealand houses are being transferred to registered community housing providers to house social housing tenants.

Social housing transfers are designed to get fresh thinking on how tenants are supported and how properties are managed. While ownership of these properties may change, the properties will remain as social houses, just as they are now. They won’t be able to be sold off and must continue to be used as social housing. Current tenants will remain in their homes. Neither their rent or rights will change as a result of the transfer, and their eligibility for social housing also remains the same.

Treasury manages the transfers.

Get involved in transitional housing

The Government has committed $354 million over four years for additional transitional housing places from contracted community housing providers. For people with nowhere safe to live, transitional housing provides warm, secure short-term accommodation for an average of 12 weeks along with tailored social support, including assistance to support people into longer term, sustainable accommodation.

MSD has a panel of preferred transitional housing providers. Any group is welcome to apply to be on the panel via an Invitation to Partner which is open until October 2019. It can be found via the Government Electronic Tender Service.

Providers need to show they have the capability, experience and structure to be able to deliver transitional housing tenancy management and support services.

Keep in touch

For questions about social housing transfers email . For questions about existing and new development opportunities, please get in touch with Andrew Barker or Eva Taka-Roger at MSD’s Housing Supply Team.