18 for 4
Community Housing

Q. What is community housing about?

Community housing is about developing community based solutions to address housing issues.

Community housing provides quality, affordable homes for people who are seeking more independence and who may be struggling to provide adequate housing for themselves. It includes providing a range of options across what is referred to as the housing continuum. This includes emergency housing, social housing, assisted rental housing and assisted homeownership. It is about ensuring that everyone is well-housed and that the community gets the best social and financial outcomes possible.

Q. Who are community housing providers?

The community housing sector is made up of not-for-profit organisation, social enterprises and charitable trusts with the common aims of providing affordable housing options for families and individuals across the housing continuum. They provide alternative options to the state housing provided by Housing New Zealand and privately owned housing available through the private market.

The Auckland Community Housing Providers’ Network is made up of twelve community housing organisations. Collectively they provide and manage close to 1,500 homes. Besides undertaking new developments, managing existing property and assisting families into new homes, community housing agencies offer a range of support services to work alongside the recipients of the new homes.  

Q. What kind of options are there?

To address Auckland’s housing crisis and ensure there are adequate housing options for everyone,  it is important that all options are provided. Failure to increase supply of affordable rental or assisted homeownership options in new developments will result in increase pressure on emergency and social housing resources.

The 18 for 4 campaign models how government should be promoting the housing continuum in its answer to Auckland’s housing issues.

Q. How do I know that community housing providers will properly manage and look after government resources given to them?

Community housing providers are not-for-profit organisations who are regulated and audited on a regular basis.  

To receive government funding community housing organisations must be registered with the government’s new Community Housing Regulatory Authority. This involves meeting performance standards and entering into long term contracts with government to provide housing and housing related services. The regulatory authority monitors community housing provider services and has the ability to enforce adherence to agreed standards if required.

Q What are the advantages of growing community housing?

Community housing providers are organisations that have a desire to see great outcomes for families through housing. They are deeply rooted in, and work closely with, local communities for their people. 

Because they get to know their tenants and their communities well, community housing providers are able to work more closely with people than HNZC can or the private sector does.  They connect tenants to the necessary services to ensure that the family or individual is well supported to sustain their tenancy and achieve good outcomes in their lives. This often leads to a reduction of reliance on Government services as they become more independent. 

State housing providers
(e.g. HNZC)
Community housing
Social housingYesYes
Tenancy managementYesYes
Wraparound support services to ensure better outcomesYes
Leverage Government funding for further housing*Yes
Community ownership and empowermentYes
Focus on tenant life goalsYes
- Work / StudyYes
- Financial stabilityYes
- Family and CommunityYes

*For every $1 the Government makes available to a community housing provider, the community housing provider puts in at least another $1-2 of its own funds. This provides a minimum of 100% return on funds for the government and enables community housing providers to provide more housing choice.


Q. Why does the Government provide funding for community housing providers?

In 2010, the Government began a reform of housing in New Zealand, which included looking at best practice overseas. A key objective of this reform was to shift the provision of housing from one organisation (HNZC) to grow multiple providers. It was acknowledged that community housing was a growing sector that delivered excellent results beyond the capacity of the government.

Most Western nations, including the United Kingdom and Australia, have very large community housing sectors. Governments in these countries use these providers to leverage taxpayer funds to achieve better outcomes for people and to improve housing quality and options. They often receive some funding from the government and are responsible for achieving agreed outcomes.

Q. What is the housing continuum?

The housing continuum refers to the range of housing options available to people, from social housing, to affordable housing and onto the private housing market. Community housing providers aim to move people up through the continuum.


Q. Where can I find out more about community housing providers?

A. More information is available at www.communityhousing.org.nz or www.achpn.net.nz




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