Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust is your local organisation for community housing.
In 2007, the Queenstown Lakes District Council recognised an issue in the lack of affordable housing and acted upon it by initiating the formation of the Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust (QLCHT). This trust is an independent, not for profit, community owned organisation.
While there is a steady stream of people willing to move into the District, an unusually high percentage of these people leave the district after 12-18 months. The reasons cited are usually due to the high living costs, with the largest of those being the cost of housing.
QLCHT has a range of housing programmes, each designed to assist eligible low to moderate income households, who contribute to the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of this District and are genuinely struggling to commit to the area because of the housing affordability issue.
Our mission is to help committed residents of the Queenstown Lakes District into decent affordable housing with secure tenure.
- Passionate about helping eligible households.
- Commercially disciplined in all our transactions.
- Building an asset and legacy for the community.
- Vigilant for opportunities.
- Confident about innovating.
- Consistent in our dealings with others.
- Mature and receptive to criticism.
- Focused on the local market and its needs.
- Willing to listen.
QLCHT is presided over by a board of six Trustees, who between them provide a wide range of expertise and skills. It is well represented by all the relevant professions including legal, financial and property professionals as well as people who know and feel the heartbeat of the community.
QLCHT is engaged with a wide range of stakeholders including our households, developers, the community, Council and the Crown.
Our sources of funding
QLCHT has received funding through grants from Housing New Zealand and also through ongoing contributions of land, buildings and/or funds from private local developers who have committed support for community housing as part of the upzoning process of their land.
Basic Eligibility Criteria
There is a basic set of criteria which needs to be met in order to be eligible for assistance through QLCHT, such as:
- You must have lived in the Queenstown Lakes District for a minimum of six months and have made this your permanent home.
- At least one adult member of your household must have Permanent New Zealand Residency or New Zealand Citizenship.
- Your financial position (income and assets) is assessed against a set of criteria.
YOU MAY HAVE YOUR DEPOSIT ALREADY
If you have KiwiSaver, you may already have the deposit amount you need to purchase your own home. Find out more about KiwiSaver and HomeStart Grant here and find out if you have the deposit required.
GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE FOR RENTERS
Social Housing is a Ministry of Social Development programme, which is implemented by WINZ. Social Housing is designed for low income households, who are struggling to find adequate, suitable and affordable housing.
QLCHT is registered as a private social housing provider and therefore is able to access Social Housing for those qualifying households. Should you qualify for Social Housing and rent a house through QLCHT, it means that you only have to pay 25% of your income in rent.
Find out more about Social Housing here.
The Accommodation Supplement is a Ministry of Social Development initiative, implemented by WINZ. It is a weekly payment designed to assist people with their rent, board or the cost of owning a home.
To qualify for the Accommodation Supplement you must:
- Have accommodation costs.
- Be aged 16 years or older.
- Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent New Zealand resident.
- Normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here.
- Not be not receiving Social Housing.
There is further eligibility criteria, based on income and assets. Find out more about the Accommodation Supplement here.
OTHER SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICES
Find out more about other social and community services offered in your local community.