6,400 more public housing places for New Zealanders by 2022

Aug 24, 2018 | News

Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford has released the 2018 Public Housing Plan which outlines the number and size of the homes which will be part of the biggest public housing programme in more than a decade.

The plan will see 3,550 new public housing places being made available in Auckland with thousands of much-needed new state houses in regions around New Zealand. This has been fully funded through a combination of:

• $234.4 million in operating funding from Budget 2018,

• $2.9 billion of Housing New Zealand borrowing from third parties, with a further $900 million from its operations.

Phil Twyford said the national housing crisis had hurt too many New Zealanders: “From those locked out of the Kiwi dream of home ownership, to those left homeless and those suffering the health effects of poor quality housing.

“The single most important thing the Government can do to solve the housing crisis is to build more affordable homes, and the best way to tackle homelessness is to build more public housing.

“Nationwide, there are currently 67,228 public housing places, giving families and individuals warm, dry, and safe homes, for as long as they need it.

“Public housing is an essential part of helping families and vulnerable people with one of their most basic needs, housing. The waiting list for a state house – now at 8704 – shows the extent of the suffering in our communities.” Phil Twyford said.

Over the next four years the Ministry of Social Development will work with Housing New Zealand and community housing providers to build as many additional public housing places as possible, within available funding – this may mean that the number of additional public housing places built by 2022 is more than 6,400.

“It will take bold action to fix the housing crisis created over the past decade and the Public Housing Plan is another step in the right direction. Demand for housing changes all the time, and we’ll constantly monitor what’s needed across the country and will continue to invest in places where New Zealanders need public housing the most.” said Phil Twyford.

Regional breakdown

Northland*

Current public housing supply in the region (includes IRRS and market rent places for HNZ and CHPs and HNZ vacancies)

2,041

Current public housing tenancies (includes IRRS and market rent places)

2,016

Total number of additional public housing places being sought by June 2022

180

Number of additional public housing places being sought that are already in the pipeline (HNZ and CHP)

110

Number of additional public housing places still being sought in the Plan, above and beyond the pipeline

70

Households receiving an income-related rent subsidy (IRRS)

1,973

Register demand is greatest for places with

one and two-bedroom places

TLA with the biggest growth in demand for public housing compared to other TLAs in the region (compared to 30 June 2017).

Whangarei district (up 87 applicants)

Northland region factsheet (PDF 501.93KB)

*all numbers are as at 30 June 2018

Auckland*

Current public housing supply in the region (includes IRRS and market rent places for HNZ and CHPs and HNZ vacancies)

30,772

Current public housing tenancies (includes IRRS and market rent places)

29,960

Total number of additional public housing places being sought by June 2022

3,550

Number of additional public housing places being sought that are already in the pipeline (HNZ and CHP)

2,849

Number of additional public housing places still being sought in the Plan, above and beyond the pipeline

701

Households receiving an income-related rent subsidy (IRRS)

29,462

Register demand is greatest for places with

one to two- bedrooms

Local Board with the biggest growth in demand for public housing compared to other Local Boards in the region (compared to 30 June 2017).

Otara-Papatoetoe (up 262 applicants)

Auckland region factsheet (PDF 601.33KB)

*all numbers are as at 30 June 2018

Waikato*

Current public housing supply in the region (includes IRRS and market rent places for HNZ and CHPs and HNZ vacancies)

4,410

Current public housing tenancies (includes IRRS and market rent places)

4,351

Total number of additional public housing places being sought by June 2022

330

Number of additional public housing places being sought that are already in the pipeline (HNZ and CHP)

220

Number of additional public housing places still being sought in the Plan, above and beyond the pipeline

120**

Households receiving an income-related rent subsidy (IRRS)

4,275

Register demand is greatest for places with

one to two- bedrooms

TLA with the biggest growth in demand for public housing compared to other TLAs in the region (compared to 30 June 2017).

Hamilton City (up 165 applicants)

Waikato region factsheet (PDF 554.52KB)

*all numbers are as at 30 June 2018

** Note that the pipeline and the number of additional places still being sought in the Public Housing Plan for Waikato totals 340, not 330. This is because the number of places in the pipeline in Hamilton exceeds the number of places we are seeking by 10 places – we have not reduced the number of places being sought in the other TAs to compensate for this. We will ensure at least 330 additional public housing places are delivered in Waikato by 2022, within available funding.

Bay of Plenty*

Current public housing supply in the region (includes IRRS and market rent places for HNZ and CHPs and HNZ vacancies)

2,661

Current public housing tenancies (includes IRRS and market rent places)

2,634

Total number of additional public housing places being sought by June 2022

275

Number of additional public housing places being sought that are already in the pipeline (HNZ and CHP)

250

Number of additional public housing places still being sought in the Plan, above and beyond the pipeline

80**

Households receiving an income-related rent subsidy (IRRS)

2,568

Register demand is greatest for places with

one to two- bedrooms

TLA with the biggest growth in demand for public housing compared to other TLAs in the region (compared to 30 June 2017).

Tauranga City (up 80 applicants)

Bay of Plenty region factsheet (PDF 491.29KB)

*all numbers are as at 30 June 2018

**Note that the pipeline and the number of additional places still being sought in the Public Housing Plan for Bay of Plenty totals 330, not 275. This is because the number of places in the pipeline in Tauranga exceeds the number of places we are seeking by 55 places – we have not reduced the number of places being sought in the other TAs to compensate for this. We will ensure at least 275 additional public housing places are delivered in Bay of Plenty by 2022, within available funding.

East Coast*

Current public housing supply in the region (includes IRRS and market rent places for HNZ and CHPs and HNZ vacancies)

4,046

Current public housing tenancies (includes IRRS and market rent places)

3,979

Total number of additional public housing places being sought by June 2022

330

Number of additional public housing places being sought that are already in the pipeline (HNZ and CHP)

210

Number of additional public housing places still being sought in the Plan, above and beyond the pipeline

120

Households receiving an income-related rent subsidy (IRRS)

3,879

Register demand is greatest for places with

one to two- bedrooms

TLA with the biggest growth in demand for public housing compared to other TLAs in the region (compared to 30 June 2017).

Hastings District (Up 144 applicants)

East Coast region factsheet (PDF 492.32KB)

*all numbers are as at 30 June 2018

Taranaki*

Current public housing supply in the region (includes IRRS and market rent places for HNZ and CHPs and HNZ vacancies)

1,271

Current public housing tenancies (includes IRRS and market rent places)

1,224

Total number of additional public housing places being sought by June 2022

55

Number of additional public housing places being sought that are already in the pipeline (HNZ and CHP)

20

Number of additional public housing places still being sought in the Plan, above and beyond the pipeline

35

Households receiving an income-related rent subsidy (IRRS)

1,186

Register demand is greatest for places with

one to two- bedrooms

TLA with the biggest growth in demand for public housing compared to other TLAs in the region (compared to 30 June 2017).

New Plymouth District (up 40 applicants)

Taranaki region factsheet (PDF 485.8KB)

*all numbers are as at 30 June 2018

Central Region*

Current public housing supply in the region (includes IRRS and market rent places for HNZ and CHPs and HNZ vacancies)

2,312

Current public housing tenancies (includes IRRS and market rent places)

2,279

Total number of additional public housing places being sought by June 2022

180

Number of additional public housing places being sought that are already in the pipeline(HNZ and CHP)

75

Number of additional public housing places still being sought in the Plan, above and beyond the pipeline

105

Households receiving an income-related rent subsidy (IRRS)

2,214

Register demand is greatest for places with

one to two- bedrooms

TLA with the biggest growth in demand for public housing compared to other TLAs in the region (compared to 30 June 2017).

Palmerston North City (up 76 applicants)

Central region factsheet (PDF 490.86KB)

*all numbers are as at 30 June 2018

Wellington*

Current public housing supply in the region (includes IRRS and market rent places for HNZ and CHPs and HNZ vacancies)

8,565

Current public housing tenancies (includes IRRS and market rent places)

8,399

Total number of additional public housing places being sought by June 2022

715

Number of additional public housing places being sought that are already in the pipeline (HNZ and CHP)

616

Number of additional public housing places still being sought in the Plan, above and beyond the pipeline

90**

Households receiving an income-related rent subsidy (IRRS)

8,137

Register demand is greatest for places with

one to two- bedrooms

TLA with the biggest growth in demand for public housing compared to other TLAs in the region (compared to 30 June 2017).

Lower Hutt City (up 221 applicants)

Wellington region factsheet (PDF 492.75KB)

*all numbers are as at 30 June 2018

**Note that the pipeline and the number of additional places still being sought in the Public Housing Plan for Wellington totals 706, not 715. This is because the HNZ and CHP pipeline for Wellington City, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt and Porirua totals 601 (9 short of our ambitions to bring on 610 additional places across these locations). HNZ’s pipeline of 550 places across these locations is not broken down by location – we know 550 places will be delivered across Wellington City, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt and Porirua, but the breakdown of this number across these locations is still to be confirmed. We will ensure at least 715 additional public housing places are delivered in Wellington by 2022, within available funding.

West Coast Tasman*

Current public housing supply in the region (includes IRRS and market rent places for HNZ and CHPs and HNZ vacancies)

1,447

Current public housing tenancies (includes IRRS and market rent places)

1,417

Total number of additional public housing places being sought by June 2022

200

Number of additional public housing places being sought that are already in the pipeline (HNZ and CHP)

70

Number of additional public housing places still being sought in the Plan, above and beyond the pipeline

130

Households receiving an income-related rent subsidy (IRRS)

1,387

Register demand is greatest for places with

one to two-bedrooms

TLA with the biggest growth in demand for public housing compared to other TLAs in the region (compared to 30 June 2017).

Nelson City (up 64 applicants)

West Coast/Tasman region factsheet (PDF 490.47KB)

*all numbers are as at 30 June 2018

Canterbury*

Current public housing supply in the region (includes IRRS and market rent places for HNZ and CHPs and HNZ vacancies)

7,534

Current public housing tenancies (includes IRRS and market rent places)

7,388

Total number of additional public housing places being sought by June 2022

480

Number of additional public housing places being sought that are already in the pipeline (HNZ and CHP)

889

Number of additional public housing places still being sought in the Plan, above and beyond the pipeline

40**

Households receiving an income-related rent subsidy (IRRS)

7,170

Register demand is greatest for places with

one to two-bedrooms

TLA with the biggest growth in demand for public housing compared to other TLAs in the region (compared to 30 June 2017).

Christchurch City (up 133 applicants)

Canterbury region factsheet (PDF 515.1KB)

*all numbers are as at 30 June 2018

**Note that the pipeline and the number of additional places still being sought in the Public Housing Plan for Canterbury totals 929, not 480. This is because the number of places in the pipeline in Christchurch City exceeds the number of places we are seeking by more than 400 places – we have not reduced the number of places being sought in the other TAs to compensate for this. We will ensure at least 480 additional public housing places are delivered in Canterbury by 2022, within available funding.

Southern Region*

Current public housing supply in the region (includes IRRS and market rent places for HNZ and CHPs and HNZ vacancies)

1,869

Current public housing tenancies (includes IRRS and market rent places)

1,837

Total number of additional public housing places being sought by June 2022

105

Number of additional public housing places being sought that are already in the pipeline (HNZ and CHP)

45

Number of additional public housing places still being sought in the Plan, above and beyond the pipeline

60

Households receiving an income-related rent subsidy (IRRS)

1,775

Register demand is greatest for places with

one to two-bedrooms

TLA with the biggest growth in demand for public housing compared to other TLAs in the region (compared to 30 June 2017).

Dunedin City (up 57 applicants)

Southern region factsheet (PDF 498.49KB)

*all numbers are as at 30 June 2018

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