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Social housing reform programme overview

Improving the lives of vulnerable New Zealanders begins with warm, secure housing.

Social housing provides a stable base which, along with the right support, allows people to build more independence in all aspects of their lives – either as long-term social housing tenants or by progressing into private rental housing or buying a house.

Social housing is a significant investment, but it is a proven and effective way of improving outcomes for New Zealanders who have the greatest need. In 2016/17, we will spend $2.3 billion on housing support for more than 310,000 households.

Social Housing Reform Programme objectives

Five government agencies, led by the Ministry of Social Development, are working with community providers and the housing sector in a major Social Housing Reform Programme to:

  • increase and diversify the supply of transitional (emergency) housing and social housing
  • support people with services to help them stay safely housed, address the issues that put them at risk and build more independent lives.
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The housing pathway

With more emergency and social housing available, along with responsive support, people can move along a pathway to greater independence in housing and all aspects of their lives.

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