Transitional housing

Transitional housing helps people in urgent need of a place to stay so they don’t become homeless.

About transitional housing

Transitional housing provides warm, dry, short-term accommodation housing for people and families who don’t have anywhere to live.

It includes support services to help people secure a longer-term home and get back on their feet so that they’re in a stronger position to stay housed.

Since mid-2016, we’ve made more than 2,340 transitional housing places available across New Zealand. These can house up to 9,364 households over a year.

Transitional Housing Factsheet June 2019 [PDF, 203 KB] .

Working together to increase supply

Transitional housing places include:

  • new builds
  • re-purposed properties, and
  • properties leased from the private market.

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

  • Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities
  • community housing providers
  • developers
  • councils, and
  • other agencies.

Partner with us

Beyond housing support

Families and individuals stay in transitional housing for an average of 12 weeks or more. In most cases, they receive a further 12 weeks support once they've found a more permanent place to live.

We contract skilled social service providers to manage the transitional housing properties and support the tenants with social services.

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Get involved in transitional housing

Published: January 22, 2021