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Public housing places increase by an extra 8,000

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The Government has announced the milestone of delivering an extra 8,000 public housing places. Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga – Ministry of Housing and Urban Development in partnership with Kāinga Ora and Community Housing Providers have played a significant part in this achievement.

Between November 2017 and 30 June 2021, 8,121 public housing places have been added by Kāinga Ora and Community Housing Providers. This now takes the total number of public housing places in New Zealand to 74,337 at 30 June.

Kāinga Ora is delivering more public housing than ever before to help meet the rising demand in many locations.  Over the past three years they have accelerated the pace and scale of new builds and large-scale development projects.

Community Housing Providers also play an integral role delivering public housing and their strong community connections and expertise complement Kāinga Ora’s delivery.

Through the Public Housing Plan, the Ministry is continuing to work towards delivering another 8,000 new public and transitional homes by 2024, announced as part of Budget 2020.

Read the Minister of Housing’s milestone announcement on the Beehive website.

The Government Housing Dashboard shows the latest progress of the Government's housing programme. 

The Public Housing Plan 2021-2024

The Public Housing Plan 2021-2024 sets out the Government’s public housing supply intentions for the next four years and provides information about the location and number of the additional 8,000 public and transitional housing places to be delivered by June 2024.

The plan concentrates on locations where there is an urgent need for public housing.  Public and transitional houses will continue to be delivered across the country, but there is a focus on Northland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Napier, Hastings, Palmerston North and Whanganui, where need for public housing has grown the fastest.

Read more about the Public Housing Plan 2021 -2024.

Published: August 5, 2021

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