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Social Housing Reform Programme (SHRP)

Increasing and diversifying social housing, combined with support for people in need to build more independent lives.

Improving the lives of vulnerable New Zealanders begins with warm, secure housing.

Five government agencies in the Social Housing Reform Programme (SHRP), led by the Ministry of Social Development, are working together, with community providers and the housing sector to:

  • increase and diversify the supply of social housing, including transitional (or emergency) housing
  • support people with services and initiatives to help them stay safely housed, address the issues that put them at risk and build more independent lives.

You can read more about the Social Housing Reform Programme via the links below.


Overview and objectives

Overview and objectives

Social housing provides a stable base which, along with the right support, allows people to build more independence in all aspects of their lives – either as long-term social housing tenants or by progressing into private rental housing or buying a house.

 


Demand for social housing

Demand for social housing

Demand for social housing has been growing. More people are experiencing a severe, immediate need for housing.

 

 


Transitional or emergency housing

Emergency and transitional housing

People without homes are the first priority. Emergency and transitional housing places are being increased to support people with nowhere to live.

 

 


Housing and support initiatives

Housing and support initiatives

New housing and support initiatives are being worked on to get better results for people with complex issues and severe housing needs.

 

 


More social housing – right houses, right places

More social housing – right houses, right places

More social housing is being aquired that is better suited to the people who need it, where they need it, for as long as they need it.

Region by region, government is enlisting the housing sector and community providers to create diverse and responsive social housing that meets diverse needs.


Housing people faster

Housing people faster

Reducing the time it takes to house people with a severe need for housing by 20 per cent is the target for 2021. This is a Better Public Services target called Result 8: Better access to social housing.

 


Supporting people to independence

Supporting people to independence

Together, social housing, support and services help New Zealanders in need to move along the path to more independence in housing and all aspects of their lives.

When a person or family is ready, government agencies can provide support and a range of products to help people rent in the private market or purchase their own home.