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Get involved in public housing

The Ministry of Social Development and other agencies are working with the housing sector to increase public housing and services that support the needs of diverse tenants.

This includes:

  • transitional and long-term public housing- including new builds, re-purposed properties and properties leased from the private market
  • housing and support programmes for people experiencing long-term or frequent homelessness
  • services for public housing tenants who need support.

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 – the 2016 Purchasing Strategy

To enable providers, developers, investors and others in the housing sector to plan investment in social housing, MSD publishes the Purchasing Strategy. An updated version is due to be published in 2018.

The 2016 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.


Meeting housing demand in Auckland

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


Get involved in transitional housing

For people with nowhere safe to live, transitional housing provides warm, secure short-term accomodation for an average of 12 weeks along with social support and help to find long term housing. MSD is working to source additional transitional housing places from contracted community housing providers throughout New Zealand.

MSD has a panel of preferred transitional housing providers. Any group may apply to be on the panel via an invitation to Partner which is open until October 2019. The invitation to partner for transitional housing providers can be found on the Government Electronic Tenders Service. Providers need to show they have the capability, experience and structure to deliver transitional housing tenancy management and support services.


Keep in touch

Stay informed of the latest progress, housing developments and direction of MSD Housing with the semi-regular from the Housing team.

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