Kia whai whare te tangata We get people into housing
Having a place to call home is the foundation for almost everything in a person’s life, but too often our clients cannot access or sustain suitable housing.
Helping those in need with new housing assistance programmes
The number of households on the Public Housing Register continues to increase. We have introduced several initiatives to help people get into or stay in housing.
We established 21 Housing Brokers across our eleven regions in 2020 as part of the Aotearoa/New Zealand Homelessness Action Plan. This new service builds connections with local landlords and property managers, promotes our clients as potential tenants, and matches them with housing opportunities in the private rental market. This gives people a better chance of securing tenancies in the private market, reducing the risk of homelessness and the need for emergency housing.
Ready to Rent
Ready to Rent (R2R) is a programme run by MSD-contracted community providers to help people who are in emergency housing or on the Public Housing Register to secure a private tenancy.
The programme extended in 2020/21 to be operational in all eleven MSD regions.
Overwhelmed by her situation in emergency housing, a mother with two children gained support, advice and finally a home – thanks to the constant teamwork of an MSD housing broker and case manager, plus a programme called Ready to Rent.
For example, the supply side of the public housing market is managed by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga and by Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities (formerly Housing New Zealand).
In some cases the child(ren) may have alternative living arrangements and may not therefore physically be living in emergency housing. However, the household make-up recorded when an Emergency Housing Special Needs Grant is approved includes the number of children, if any.