Support for accommodation and housing

How to get help if you or someone you know have nowhere to live, or you need help with housing or moving-in costs.

As part of uniting for the recovery, you may be able to get help if you don’t have somewhere to live or you need help with your housing costs. Or if you know someone in your community who needs help with housing, you can point them in the right direction.

If you have nowhere to stay

If you or someone else has nowhere to stay, Work and Income could help you find somewhere to live.

You can get help if you need emergency housing, you need to leave your home because of family violence or you’re leaving prison and you don’t have somewhere to stay.

Get help if you have nowhere to stay (external link)

Find a house

If you are having trouble paying rent for a home, you may be able to live in a public house where the Government pays part of the rent. These houses are rented out by Kāinga Ora (used to be Housing New Zealand) and other Community Housing Providers.

Find out if you can apply to live in public housing (external link)

Get help with housing costs

If you need help to pay your rent or are struggling to pay your housing costs, you may be able to get help.

You could get help with:

  • paying rent
  • repairs and maintenance
  • keeping warm at home
  • making your home accessible
  • support at home.

Get help with housing costs (external link)

More information on financial support

Move house

Moving house can be expensive. You may be able to get help with things like:

  • bond and rent in advance
  • moving out of public housing
  • moving to another public housing property.

Get help when moving house (external link)

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