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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.

Social housing transfers

Some Housing New Zealand properties are being transferred to registered community housing providers to house social housing tenant, to help grow the community housing sector and encourage innovation.

Social housing transfers are designed to get fresh thinking on how tenants are supported and how properties are managed. The properties won’t be able to be sold off and must continue to be used as social housing. Current tenants will remain in their homes, and neither their rent nor rights will change as a result of the transfer.

The proceeds of the completed transfer in Tauranga, and the one proposed for Christchurch will be used by Housing New Zealand to build or acquire new social houses where they are most needed.

Tauranga transfer

Accessible Properties is a community housing organisation with background of providing quality housing for people on low incomes, people with disabilities and older people.

In April 2017, Accessible Properties took ownership and management of 1,138 social housing tenancies and houses in Tauranga. For the tenants, the change of landlord does not affect their tenancy or rent.

Accessible Properties tenancy managers act as connectors for those requiring support services or wanting to link with iwi.