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How do I apply for Dwell rental housing?

Q: Who is eligible to rent Dwell housing?

A: People in need or on a low income.

Q: How do I apply for Dwell Housing?

A: Dwell currently takes applications from the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) Social Housing Register when we have vacancies. This allows us to allocate our few housing vacancies to those most in need.

Q: How do I get on the MSD social housing register?

A: If you think you are eligible for social housing, then apply to be on the MSD social housing register at any WINZ office - ring 0800 559 009 or if you are over 65 ring 0800 552 002. You can find out more information on the MSD website.

You may be eligible if your income is under:
• $561.79 a week (after tax) for people who have no partner and no dependent children
• $864.30 a week (after tax) for people who have a partner and/or dependent children

Q: Where are Dwell's homes located?

A: We have homes in Berhampore, Brooklyn, Island Bay, Kilbirnie, Lower Hutt, Lyall Bay, Miramar, Newtown, Paraparaumu, Taita, Te Aro, Titahi Bay and Wadestown.

Q: How long does it take to get a Dwell home? 

A: We cannot tell you if or when you may get a home with us. We have a limited number of homes, a low turnover of tenants and there is a lot of need for our homes. When a home becomes available we seek applications through MSD from the Social Housing Register that would be suitable for the available home.

Q: How do I apply for Dwell’s supportive housing?

A: Dwell’s supportive housing is for people with additional needs, primarily people living with a mental illness. Dwell takes applications for supportive housing directly or through the housing facilitation service run by LinkPeople. More information is on their website.

Q: I need accommodation in a hurry - can you help?

We don't provide emergency accommodation. If you require immediate assistance, please see the emergency housing section for a list of emergency accommodation.

Q: Who else could help?

A: Please see the affordable housing section for a list of other housing providers.



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Dwell Housing Trust provides affordable, quality housing for people in need or on a low income. We are more than a landlord - we ensure our tenants have access to the support they need and want to live well, do well and be well.

We believe that affordable, stable and healthy housing is a fundamental right, and that appropriate housing has long-lasting benefits for the people living within those households and the wider community.

© Dwell Housing Trust 2016

    04 384 4854 /
0800 4 DWELL or 0800 439355
 PO Box 24-179, Manners Street
Wellington 6142, New Zealand
 Level 5, 173-175 Victoria Street
Wellington, New Zealand