Help with housing and paying rent
If you’re having trouble finding or affording a stable home, you may be able to get access to low-cost housing or help with accommodation costs.
- Talk to your bank about the COVID-19 mortgage repayment holiday scheme, or find out more on the official COVID-19 website.
- If you’ve been affected by COVID-19, Inland Revenue or Work and Income may be able to help.
- If you’re a business, employee or have lost your job, use the online tool to find out what financial support you could access.
Help with rent and housing costs
If you need help to pay rent or other accommodation costs, or support to stay in your home, Work and Income may be able to help.
Get help with rates
You might be able to get help with your rates payments.
Nowhere to stay
If you have nowhere to stay right now, Work and Income may be able to help you find somewhere until you can get something longer-term.
Apply for low-cost housing
If you can’t afford a private rental, you may be able to live in public housing where the Government pays part of the rent. You can check if you qualify for public housing with Work and Income.
If you’re over 65
Some local councils offer public housing to older people for less than what you would pay to rent or buy on the open market.
For example, Auckland Council offers a scheme to buy an own-your-own unit.