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More social housing – right houses, right places

More social housing is being acquired that is better suited to the people who need it, where they need it, for as long as they need it.

Nationally the housing sector and community providers are involved in creating diverse and responsive social housing that meets people's needs.

Social housing

Social housing – what used to be called state housing – is provided by Housing New Zealand or community housing providers registered with the Community Housing Regulatory Authority. Together they provide more than 66,000 social housing places.

Most social housing tenants pay no more than 25 per cent of their income in rent. The rest is paid by the Government to social housing providers as the Income-Related Rent Subsidy (IRRS) and costs more than $800 million a year.

Social Housing Purchasing Strategy

The Social Housing Purchasing Strategy sets out how and where we will acquire more than 6,400 additional social houses by 2020. It is based on detailed data about social housing demand nationwide.

Demand is high for one-and-two-bedroom housing; the traditional three-or-four-bedroom state house no longer suits most people’s needs.

Social housing putchasing strategy
Social housing places

Housing New Zealand developments

Housing New Zealand is changing, developing and modernising its stock with significant programmes underway in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and soon to occur in Lower Hutt.

Diverse providers for diverse needs

Community housing providers can be well placed to respond to the diverse needs of social housing tenants as they have close connections to the communities they serve. Many are specialists in social support services that will help their tenants on the path to greater independence.

The Government will spend $144.5 million over four years to secure more social housing from community housing providers.