Community Groups and Community Group Housing

Published: 26 January 2018

Councils, community groups and other non-Government organisations make a significant contribution to public housing in New Zealand.

Community Group Housing is a service provided by Housing New Zealand Corporation. The service provides rental homes for government-funded groups or organisations that provide residential community services.

Housing New Zealand works with a wide range of organisations that provide residential community housing for:

  • people who experience mental illness
  • people who have physical and intellectual disabilities
  • residential alcohol and drug services
  • women who require refuge
  • families who need emergency housing
  • youth at risk
  • support prisoner reintegration.

Eligibility criteria

When a community group makes an enquiry with Housing New Zealand they are informed of the community group housing eligibility criteria.

Community Group Housing (CGH) provides either crisis housing or homes. Housing New Zealand does not supply houses/premises for clinical treatment. Generally, any treatment of the tenants of community groups should take place outside of any home rented from CGH.

Housing New Zealand uses the following eligibility criteria to determine whether community groups could be eligible for a property. The group must:

  • be contracted to provide residential services by another government agency
  • be accredited, audited and monitored by a government agency to provide residential services.
  • be a registered charity, incorporated society or a government funded provider.
  • have sufficient funding, governance structure and management capability to achieve the desired outcomes.

To find out more about applying for Community Group Housing call 0800 801 601.

Welcome Packs

If you are a new/existing Community Group Housing customer, you will require a copy of our Welcome Pack.

We are currently updating these, so you'll need to contact us if you require a copy.

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