Who can get public housing
You need to meet certain criteria to qualify for public housing.
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Age and residency criteria
To qualify for public housing, you must be 16 or older.
You also need to either:
- be a New Zealand citizen, or
- have been a permanent resident in New Zealand for:
- at least 2 years, or
- less than 2 years and you get a main benefit from Work and Income, eg Jobseeker Support, or
- be getting an Emergency Benefit from Work and Income because you are:
- a spontaneous refugee
- a protected person, or
- compelled to remain in New Zealand.
Serious housing need
You must also have a serious housing need. This means we'll look at things like:
- your current housing situation, including:
- the property's physical condition
- if the property has basic living facilities
- how secure your tenancy is
- whether your current property or area is safe for you and suitable for your medical or physical needs
- whether you could afford to rent privately
- how difficult it is to find a private rental that meets your needs
- whether you could manage long term in a private rental.
Income and assets
We'll also look at how much income and assets you have. Generally you need to have:
- income under:
- $616.73 a week (after tax) if you're single with no children
- $948.81 a week (after tax) if you have a partner or children
- cash assets worth less than $42,700.
If you have income or assets worth more than this, you may still qualify for public housing. It depends on your situation.