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The majority of New Zealand’s community housing organisations are members of Community Housing Aotearoa.

View our Members Directory › or go to the resources page and read the member profiles on different CHA members.

Our members understand the benefit of being part of a national movement during a time of significant change, where their housing is in high demand and they work closely with their communities.

Membership is open to organisations and individuals involved with affordable and social housing, providing your aims are consistent with our objectives. Read what our objectives are in our constitution: CHA_Constitution_2014.pdf

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We have two types of members: full members and partner members.

Full members are community housing organisations or groups that are providers of community housing; organisations and groups who are intending on becoming providers of community housing; groups of residents or tenants of community housing groups that advocate for community housing or residents of community housing as part of their work.

Full member organisations have one vote each at the annual general meeting (AGM) and receive access to all member services.

Partner members are individuals, local authorities, private development companies, and other private and public entities that invest, operate, own or develop affordable, community and/or social housing, or work with community housing organisations. Partner members receive access to all member services but are not able to vote at the AGM.

Why you should become a member

  • contribute to whole-of-sector policy positions17 March- Flatting for older people - 0
  • receive e-bulletins directly to your inbox
  • access member-only resources on our website
  • participate in member surveys, events and forums
  • take part in quality assurance programmes and training
  • receive advance notices about new developments and initiatives
  • access conferences and training at a reduced rate
  • engage and network with others in the community housing sector.

You can sign up to become a member here.

Go to the resources section and search for member profiles to learn more about our members' work. Go to members and see what organisations are part of CHA or read about our featured member below.

Featured member

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CORT CEO Peter Jeffries and tenant Carla Vauvale

Forty-three families - who had been on the housing emergency waiting list - will enjoy the gift of a rental home roof over their heads this festive season thanks to the Community Housing Trust.

All up, 72 people have been able to move into new rentals built by non-profit group CORT Community Housing in time for the festive season.

Currently, there are almost 6000 people on Auckland's public housing waiting list, hoping to either move into a home or be transferred to a new property.

CORT chief executive Peter Jeffries said his team looked after tenants living in about 300 public houses - 200 of which CORT itself owned.

That number is set to grow with the group building a further 120 public houses as part of existing funding agreements it has with the Government.

Having operated for more than 30 years, Jeffries said the group gives state housing tenants security because it holds onto its properties for decades. It also helps connect tenants with a range of support services.

And like all public housing tenants, those living in CORT houses get access to cheaper Government subsidised rents.

Jeffries said that - when choosing tenants for the 14 one-and two-bedroom units it built in the McClennan development - CORT selected those in most need, who had been living in emergency or transitional housing.