Christchurch City Council has been providing rental accommodation for people with a serious housing need since 1938. Council Social Housing has been managed, under lease, by the Otautahi Community Housing Trust (OCHT) since 2016.
With nearly 1,900 housing units spread throughout most suburbs in Christchurch, the Council’s social housing portfolio provides homes to many people in the community.
Our housing policy requires that social housing be financially self-supporting and not funded from rates.
The Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust manages all tenancies for the Council's social housing. If you are a tenant, or you wish to apply for housing support, please contact the Trust directly.
The Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust separately manages all of the Council's social housing tenancies.
Up to nine trustees make up the Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust — three Council-appointed and up to six independents.
The Council still owns its social housing buildings and land but leases these assets to the Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust to manage separately.
The Trust is responsible for tenancy management, rent-setting, the day-to-day maintenance of units, major repairs, renewals and the development of new social housing.
The Trust also develops its own social housing for Christchurch.
As an independent charitable trust, any surplus money is reinvested back into social housing, to improve the service provided to tenants and the wider community.
There is no emergency housing available through social housing with the Christchurch City Council.
If you need emergency housing, contact the Ministry of Social Development(external link) on 0800 559 009.
They can help you to access emergency housing in Christchurch. They may also be able to help you with an application for a longer term home either with Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities or a Community Housing Provider. MSD runs a housing register that multiple housing providers can access.
The No fixed abode and support services directory [PDF, 14 MB] of Christchurch accommodation and services is a free online-only directory for people without a safe, secure home.
If you have any additions or changes to the directory, please contact us.