COVID-19: Emergency and transitional housing

New Zealand is currently at Alert Level 1.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is continuing to work at pace to increase the Supply of emergency and transitional housing.

Increasing supply of emergency and transitional housing for the homeless and rough-sleepers

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is quickly increasing the supply of emergency and transitional housing for the homeless and rough-sleepers.  

HUD is working with CHPs, iwi, Māori providers and private moteliers and others to secure more places. This is on top of the work already underway to deliver an extra 1,000 transitional housing places by the end of the year.  

If you want to talk with HUD directly about any aspect of your service delivery including housing opportunities, please contact Justine Angell in the Funding and Programme Delivery group or email 

Stay in your current accommodation

To support New Zealanders though COVID-19, new legislation is now in place to support tenants to stay in their rental properties with a six-month freeze on residential rent increases and increased protection from having their tenancies terminated.  

This change gives families and individuals who are tenants stability during a time where they might be experiencing a decrease in income related to job losses through COVID -19.

Read more about the COVID-19: Rent Increase Freeze and Tenancy Terminations on our website.

How Work and Income can help with housing

If your income has been affected by COVID-19, the Ministry of Social Development may be able to help – even if you’re not on a benefit. If you have a housing need that’s not related to COVID-19, MSD may also be able to help with the cost of emergency housing.

Visit the Work and Income website COVID-19 section

Published: November 16, 2020