The case for councils being community housing providers

19 May 2022

A background paper outlining options to support councils playing more of a role in meeting social housing needs.

Local government has historically been New Zealand’s second biggest provider of social housing. Councils in New Zealand have been providing social housing - that is, housing at less than market rents - for almost a century, and from the 1940s to 1991 were involved in a highly successful housing partnership with central government. Yet despite this track record, councils have largely been ignored as a viable option for addressing the current social housing crisis.

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