Tracking progress – public housing

Published: May 18, 2020

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The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released the latest Public Housing Quarterly Report, says Deputy Chief Executive Public Housing Supply Scott Gallacher.

“It measures our progress in the face of growing demand as we work with the sector to supply more public housing places and tackle homelessness,” says Scott Gallacher.

“We’re working hard alongside Housing New Zealand, community providers, MSD and other agencies to ensure that people and families in need have support and access to warm, safe accommodation.”

September Public Housing Quarterly Report at a glance:

  • Public Housing Supply - The total number of public housing tenancies increased by 451 over the September 2018 quarter. Work continues with the housing sector to deliver around 6,400 more public housing places by June 2022 – 1,600 per year on average.
  • Transitional Housing - An additional 244 transitional housing places became available in the quarter, with a total of 2,585 places now tenanted or available for tenanting.
  • Housing First - Housing First services for long-term homeless people in Auckland, Tauranga and Christchurch had housed 413 households as at 30 September 2018, in both public housing and the private housing sector.
  • People housed – 1,660 households or individual applicants moved into public housing from the Housing Register, and a further 61 moved from the Transfer Register.
  • Public Housing Demand - The Housing Register of applicants for public housing increased by 10% over the previous quarter, and is up 58% on the same time last year. As of 30 September, 9,536 households were on the Housing Register for public housing and 2,076 on the Transfer Register, totalling 11,612 on the Social Housing Register.
  • Emergency Housing Special Needs Grant - The number of households granted an Emergency Housing Special Needs Grants (EH SNG) increased by 33% over the previous quarter as more people come forward to MSD for housing support.
  • Housing Support – In the September 2018 quarter, MSD invested $692.5 million in housing support, an increase of $46 million over the previous quarter. This year around $2.8 billion will be spent on providing New Zealanders with housing support.
  • The Public Housing Quarterly Report is released by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD formed on 1 October to deliver the Government’s housing and urban development programme to end homelessness, make housing affordable and cities more liveable. The Housing Quarterly Report contains information on public housing and housing support from both the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Read the September 2018 Housing Quarterly Report

Read the September 2018 Public Housing Regional Factsheets

Read the latest Social Housing Register figures

Read the Minister’s announcement