Social housing register

When New Zealanders are in need of social housing, their needs are recorded on either the Housing Register or the Transfer Register. The numbers of applications on both registers are published on a quarterly basis, and the combined register is referred to as the Social Housing Register.

The Housing Register shows people who are not currently in social housing but who have been assessed as eligible for social housing. The Transfer Register shows people already in social housing but who have applied to be rehoused.

There are 6,110 applications on the Housing Register and the Transfer Register as at 31 December 2016, an increase of 32.3 percent compared to the same time last year (i.e. 31 December 2015).

Housing Register

When New Zealanders with a serious housing need are assessed and found eligible for social housing, they are placed on the Housing Register. The number of people on this register and their priority rating is subject to change, as people come on and off the register and as their circumstances change.

Transfer Register

People who already live in social housing but have applied and are eligible to transfer to another social housing property are placed on the Transfer Register. Reasons for requesting a transfer may include health issues, or their current property being too small, too large, or in the wrong location.

Social Housing Register

The below file shows the combined Housing Register and Transfer Register as at 31 December 2016, broken down by assessed priority, household demographics, and by region (territorial authority and local board for Auckland).

Overview of current social housing demand

The following information about current social housing demand is useful for social housing providers.

Providers can access information about applicants and their housing needs at the most detailed level possible while still retaining the anonymity of applicants.