Transitional housing

Transitional housing is temporary accommodation and support for individuals or families who are in urgent need of housing. It provides warm, dry, short term housing for people and families who have an urgent need for a place to stay. 

Whānau could be in this situation for a number of reasons, such as the place they were renting being sold, or they can no longer stay with family.

In addition to temporary accommodation, people in transitional housing are provided with support services to help them address their needs and move back into long-term accommodation.

Living in transitional housing

People living in transitional housing contribute 25% of their income, which is in line with income-related rents for public housing and emergency housing special needs grants. The balance is subsidised to providers by the Ministry.

It is intended that families and individuals stay in transitional housing for an average of around 12 weeks. They also receive a further 12 weeks support once they’ve found a more permanent place to live.

For the latest data on transitional housing, have a look at:

Support services

Accredited social service providers manage transitional housing. They are responsible for making sure the properties are warm, dry and well maintained. 

These providers also support the people living there, helping them access services like MSD, budgeting advice and health services. Providers will work with people in transitional housing to actively support them in securing permanent housing.   

Interested in delivering transitional housing? See the Invitation to Partner for Transitional Housing Providers on the Government Electronic Tender Service website


Transitional housing is diverse. It includes new builds, residential homes, re-purposed and long-term leased properties.

To increase the supply of transitional housing places we’re working with:

  • Kāinga Ora
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • Transitional and Community Housing Providers
  • Māori and Iwi
  • Developers
  • Councils and other agencies. 

Within 12 months an extra 1,000 transitional housing places have been delivered under the Aotearoa Homelessness Action Plan. Budget 2020 provided funding for an additional 2,000 transitional homes by 2022 as part of the Public Housing Plan 2021-2024.

Emergency housing

Transitional Housing is not the same as the Emergency Housing Special Needs Grant (EH SNG), The EH SNG is an one-off grant and funded by the Ministry of Social Development.

People who need help with housing should contact Work and Income on 0800 559 009.

Published: June 3, 2021