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Last reviewed: Wed, 23 May 2012

Social housing

Vision: 'To contribute to the community’s well-being by ensuring safe, accessible and affordable social housing is available to people on low incomes including elderly persons, and people with disabilities.'

Latest information about Social Housing

Social Housing Proposal
The Council is currently considering changing the way it provides social housing in Christchurch, and we want to know what you think. Information about how to have your say can be found here, or via the Council’s Have Your Say webpage.

Earthquake update
Council staff have completed initial assessments of all 115 of the Council’s housing complexes to get an overview of damage incurred. These assessments have been followed up with a visit to individual tenants to check on their welfare and get more information about damage to individual units and services that tenants have available. Structural engineering inspections are now underway, starting with the worst affected complexes. Where these result in yellow or red placards, tenants are being assisted into alternative accommodation wherever possible.

Elderly at home.

Social housing in Christchurch

The Christchurch City Council has been providing rental accommodation for people in real need of affordable housing since 1938.

Operating under the name City Housing, our rental accommodation portfolio of more than 2640 units (prior to the Canterbury Earthquakes) spread throughout most suburbs is second only in size to Housing New Zealand Corporation.

Although rents charged are significantly lower than market rates, our housing policy requires that social housing be financially self-supporting and not funded from rates.

Contact us

City Housing, Community Support Unit
Phone: (03) 941 8999
Banks Peninsula Residents Free call: 0800 800 169
Fax: (03) 941 8267

Christchurch City Council
PO Box 73016
Christchurch 8154


Authorising Unit: Communications

Last reviewed: Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Next review: Thursday, 23 May 2013

Keywords: accommodation, housing