Community housing

​​​Council provides 91 community housing units located in Oamaru, Hampden and Palmerston. The units are provided to help meet housing needs which are not being met by other housing providers​. 

​According to our Community Housing Policy, people over 60 years old ("Category A") are given preference for community housing units. However, we do consider other applicants who have a specific need for this type of housing. 

How to apply

​​To apply for a community housing unit please complete our application form below. Because of demand for our units, it is likely that you will ​need to go onto a waiting list until a unit becomes available.

Community house building.

What you need to know before making an application​​​​

​​​​​​We use the following criteria to assess whether someone is eligible for a housing unit:

  • ​All applicants must be able to care for themselves.

  • All applicants must provide at least two written referees’ reports verifying their character and willingness to adapt to living in a close community environment.

  • “Category A” applicants are those aged over 60 years on a permanent benefit who possess less than $20,000 in total assets for a single person, $30,000 for a couple, not including a car.

  • “Category B” applicants are those aged over 60 years on a permanent benefit with assets exceeding the permissible amount for Category A applicants and who have been assessed as having a specific need for community housing.

  • “Category C” applicants are those on a permanent sickness or invalids benefit who possess less than $20,000 in total assets and who have been assessed as having a specific need for community housing.

  • “Category D” applicants are classified as being all other applicants who have been assessed as having a specific need for community housing.

We also require the following from applicants:

  • All applicants will be interviewed prior to unit allocation to determine suitability for Council’s housing units.

  • All applicants must either be able to care for themselves or require minimum supervision and support from community support providers. Prior to unit allocation and where appropriate, Council will require written confirmation from a health professional to ensure tenants are able to live independently.

  • All applicants must demonstrate a willingness to adapt to living harmoniously in a close community environment, either through providing appropriate referees that can be verified and contacted by Council, and/or through the interview process.

​Some other conditions for our units are:

  • Units are to be let on the basis that the tenant is on a three-month trial to assess their suitability.

  • While it is unlikely that a tenant will be asked to vacate the unit, all tenants must be aware their occupancy of the unit is strictly at the pleasure of Council, (subject to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986).

  • Units are to be offered to in order, beginning with Category A applicants.

  • To determine which of the Category A and/or B applicants will be allocated a unit, written support from a health professional and alternative accommodation availability is to be considered.

When considering Category B, C and D applicants, and in determining a ‘specific need’ for community housing, we take the following matters into consideration:

  • The applicant’s current living situation.

  • The applicant’s ability to afford housing in the private market.

  • The applicant’s requirement for accessibility to essential services.

  • The extent to which a Council housing unit will enable the applicant to live independently in the community or to ‘age in place.

  • ​The availability of suitable alternative accommodation.​

Page reviewed: 15 May 2016 12:58pm