Social Housing Reform Programme (SHRP)

The Social Housing Reform Programme

The Social Housing Reform Programme will increase the supply of social housing in New Zealand. It builds on a number of measures taken over recent years to provide more New Zealanders in need with quality and affordable housing. The key objectives of the programme are:

  • Ensure social housing is the right design and size, and in the right place for people who need it
  • Increase affordable housing supply
  • Ensure people who need housing support can get it and receive social services that meet their needs
  • Encourage and develop more diverse ownership of social housing, with more innovation and responsiveness to tenants and communities
  • Help social housing tenants to independence, as appropriate.

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What's new

More emergency housing contracted throughout New Zealand
20 September 2016

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett has announced that MSD has secured contracts with over 30 providers for around 760 emergency housing places throughout New Zealand at any one time.

More social housing for Auckland
16 September 2016

Ministers Bill English and Nick Smith have launched Stage Two of a mixed (social housing, affordable and market) housing development for Northcote, in Auckland

$24.4m more for Auckland social housing
Release 6 September 2016

The Government is giving an extra $24.4 million to community housing providers to increase the supply of social housing in Auckland.

Release of social housing background papers
12 August 2016

The Government has released background papers on emergency housing, mobile squads and relocation from Auckland.

Preferred community housing provider named for transfer of social housing in Tauranga
12 August 2016

The Government has announced that Accessible Properties is the preferred community housing provider to take ownership of 1,124 Housing New Zealand’s properties in Tauranga.

Accessible Properties has been selected from a shortlist of respondents who submitted comprehensive proposals on how they would manage the transfer and what services they would provide to tenants.

Transfer of social housing in Invercargill
27 May 2016

The Government has advised that PACT, the only organisation invited to submit a proposal for the purchase of HNZ properties in Invercargill, has withdrawn from the process. This puts the procurement process there on hold.

Government exploring potential transfer of social housing in Horowhenua
27 May 2016

The Government has announced that they have agreed to explore a joint transfer of around 250 Housing New Zealand properties in Otaki, Foxton, Levin and Shannon, and 115 pensioner units owned by the Horowhenua District Council to a community housing provider.

Transfer of social housing in Tauranga and Invercargill proceeding to Request for Proposal (RFP)
17 March 2016

The Government is pleased to announce that following the close of Expressions of Interest four respondents have been invited to participate in the Request for Proposal stage for the transfer of approximately 1124 Tauranga and 348 Invercargill Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZ) properties and tenancies to registered community housing providers.

Changes in respect of social housing property offers from 25 January 2016
22 January 2016

A key aim of the Government’s Social Housing Reform Programme is to build a flexible social housing system that responds to the immediate need of the most vulnerable clients and their families.

Background documents on the social housing reform programme (released December 2015)

The Government is releasing documents that relate to the social housing reform programme.

Extra social housing places for Auckland
7 December 2015

More social housing places will be available in Auckland as the Ministry of Social Development enters into agreements with five community housing providers to deliver an extra 508 social housing places.

This is a significant step to help provide more social housing for vulnerable families and children and grow the number of community housing providers.

Earlier this year the Ministry issued a Request for Proposal seeking proposals for an extra 300 income-related rent subsidy (IRRS) social housing tenancies in Auckland.

MSD releases request for 1,000 social housing places in Auckland
25 November 2015

The Ministry today released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for an extra 1,000 social housing places in Auckland.

This is another step to help grow the supply of social housing and builds on the Ministry’s RFP earlier this year for an extra 300 social housing places in Auckland. An announcement on that is expected soon.

The 1,000-place RFP seeks proposals from community housing providers to deliver more social housing in high demand areas of Auckland by the end of 2018. These places, like the 300, will be funded through the income-related rent subsidy (IRRS).

The key features of this request are:

  • It’s open for 12 months from 25 November 2015
  • All proposals received will be managed by the new cross-agency social housing supply team in Auckland
  • All contracts will stipulate that providers need to ensure tenants access appropriate support services.

A copy of the RFP is available on the GETS website.

Overview of the Government’s programme to improve social housing in New Zealand

The Government’s Social Housing Reform Programme has introduced a number of changes to the social housing system to help get better outcomes for tenants and make housing support available to more people.

These changes extend across a number of Government agencies and will support many New Zealanders who need help with housing.

The attached booklet provides an overview of the changes, the key aspects of the reforms and what they mean for people in need of social housing.

Data on social housing

This data will help with a better understanding of the social-housing sector, and inform parties who may be interested in playing a greater role in social housing and related services.

This information on the social-housing sector is provided for general information. It should not be relied upon for any legal or commercial purposes, and the Crown accepts no responsibility for any consequences resulting from reliance on this information.