New housing statistics demonstrate transparency

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As part of a drive for greater transparency, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development is now publishing its Public Housing Monthly Dashboard on the ministry website.

The Dashboard has historically been an internal resource used by Ministry staff and Ministers to monitor progress. However, the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Hon. Phil Twyford, agrees the publication of this information will support greater transparency and more informed discussion on Public housing issues.

The dashboard includes information sourced from other agencies, such as Housing New Zealand, as well as our own providers. It provides a summary of current and future Public Housing supply, the current demand for public housing as well as an overview of our progress in providing more support to vulnerable families through the Transitional Housing and Housing First programmes.

While the Monthly Dashboard provides an indicative snapshot of our progress each month, the Ministry will continue to publish official data through the Public Housing Quarterly Report. This will allow us to continue to discern trends in the demand for and supply of Public Housing over a longer, three-month, period.

The Dashboard for April 2019, together with previous reports dating back to October 2017, will be published on June 18. The dashboard can be found in the Statistics and Research tab on the HUD website. See here.

Key highlights from the April 2019 Dashboard include:

  • Housing New Zealand and registered Community Housing Providers have brought on 1,227 of the 1,600 additional Public Housing places forecasted to be delivered over 2018/19
  • The Housing Register grew by 2 per cent (267 applications) to 11,334 applications over the previous month
  • The number of Households accepted into the Housing First programme increased by 5 per cent (54 households) to 1,118 over the previous month, and
  • The number of Transitional Housing places available increased by just over one per cent (37 places) to 2,734 places across New Zealand

ENDS

Published: June 19, 2019

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