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Housing

The Ministry of Social Development and Housing

Housing is a vital part of New Zealand’s social support system, providing a stable base where vulnerable people can build better lives.

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD):

  • works with people who need help with housing and social support
  • manages the Social Housing Register of applications for social housing
  • contracts social housing tenancies by paying the Income-Related Rent Subsidy (IRRS) to registered community housing providers and Housing New Zealand
  • works with the housing sector to increase the amount of housing avaliable for tenancies
  • develops current and future plans on where to contract housing tenancies to inform investment decisions
  • develops initiatives to achieve better outcomes for people with complex issues and housing needs.

Housing support for people in need

MSD works with people who need housing support or help with public, emergency and transitional housing. MSD offers a range of housing support products to help people stay or enter into the private housing (rental) market.


Winter 2018

No one in need of housing should go unsupported this winter. Our priority is that everyone who approaches us for help is supported in some way to find a place to stay.


Managing the Social Housing Register

MSD manages the Social Housing Register of applications for public housing. People who have applied and are eligible go on the Housing Register. Existing tenants who have applied to transfer to another place go on the Transfer Register. Together, the two registers make up the Social Housing Register, which gives valuable data about demand for public housing.


Public housing tenancies and Income-Related Rent Subsidy

MSD contracts social housing tenancies by paying a rent subsidy for each tenancy to Housing New Zealand and registered community housing providers. Tenants pay no more than 25 per cent of their income in rent, and MSD pays the balance as the Income-Related Rent Subsidy (IRRS).



More emergency and transitional housing

We house and support people who urgently need a place to live, with emergency housing special needs grants and transitional housing places.

More housing - the 2016 Purchasing Strategy

MSD's 2016 Purchasing Strategy sets out where more public housing is needed, region by region, over the next few years. It helps providers, investors and developers make investment decisions about public housing.


Housing initiatives

We are finding ways to get better results for people with complex issues and housing needs.