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Community housing in New Zealand

Community housing is operated by community based organisations. Typically these are not-for-profit groups meeting housing need through a range of social and affordable housing. They provide an alternative to the public housing provided by HNZC (Housing New Zealand Corporation) and private housing in the open market.

They are home to over 15,000 people through-out New Zealand.

"The distinction between community housing organisations and other housing providers is that we provide more than just the bricks and mortar. We provide warm, safe and dry homes where tenants know we care about what happens in their day-to-day lives. And where strong connections to communities are created and good tenant outcomes are the norm.”

- Scott Figenshow, CEO, Community Housing Aotearoa

In your area you will find a range of community housing services. They may be provided by iwi or Pacific groups, they might provide tenancy advice services, or they might be a local community housing trust. They provide warm, safe, dry, affordable housing in your community through a range of housing options that include: emergency housing, affordable rental, wrap-around services or home ownership assistance. You can see how housing options fit together on the housing continuum.

The community housing sector in New Zealand is small compared to other countries and we know there are many New Zealanders who still need access to good housing. So we have a plan to achieve this and a vision for New Zealand. Our vision is all New Zealanders well-housed and a goal of 50,000 more homes provided by 2020.

The sector is growing and has new opportunities under the Government’s social housing reform programme . You can see where New Zealand’s community housing is provided on the housing map.