Housing applications

Housing for seniors application forms are available on this page, from the Council’s Invercargill and Bluff offices or by phoning   (03) 211 1777  and asking for a form to be posted to you. Also available on this page is a link to the Housing Care Service information booklet and to a map showing the location of units.

Once the application form is completed, arrange a meeting with Housing Care to discuss your application and suitability and any questions you may have. The Council will then write to you advising whether your application has been approved and, if so, what priority it has been given (urgent, high, medium or low).

All applicants will be subject to additional assessment relating to compatibility with existing Housing Care neighbouring residents in terms of safety, privacy and suitability of the accommodation offered.

Rents

Weekly rents depend on the type of unit rented and the facilities provided (for example special needs facilities, one or bedrooms or bedsitter etc).

The waiting list

If your application is successful, your name will be placed on our waiting list. Unfortunately, it is impossible to say how long you will have to wait before we can offer you a suitable flat. Your application will be prioritised according to the following guidelines:

High Eligibility

To be given this priority the applicant must:

  • Be 60 years or more; and
  • Their income is within the income limit; and
  • Their assets are within the primary asset limit.
  • Be at risk in their current accommodation.
  • Be willing to accept available housing in any area of the city.

or

  • Are people with an ongoing housing need, with respect to chronic disabilities, medical condition.
  • Their income is within the income limit; and
  • Their assets are within the primary limit.

Medium Eligibility

To be given this priority the applicant must:

  • Be 55 years or more;
  • Income is within the income limit; and
  • Assets are within the primary asset limit.

Low Eligibility

To be given this priority the applicant must:

  • Be 50 years or over.
  • Have ongoing housing need; and
  • Their income is within the income limit; and
  • Their assets are within the secondary asset limit.

These applications will be considered for eligibility depending on individual circumstances, and the availability of suitable vacant units.

All applicants in the categories above will be subject to additional assessment relating to compatibility with existing Housing Care  residents/neighbours in terms of safety, privacy and suitability of the accommodation offered by the Housing Care Service.

Note on priority:
Where possible those tenants who have been on the waiting list the longest will be allocated a flat first. The only exception is Urgent Need.

Where an applicant has an urgent housing need or is at risk in their current housing, Council’s Housing staff will treat the application with urgency and give preference where the applicant is willing to accept accommodation in any flat.

 

Allocation of units

If you are not allocated a unit immediately, we will write and tell you whether your application has been approved, and if it has been approved, what priority your application has. If you are allocated a flat immediately, we will telephone you. When a unit is vacated it will be offered to the next applicant on the list for whom it would be suitable. The applicant usually has two days to decide whether to accept. However, an extension may be given in certain circumstances.

If you refuse a unit, you do not drop to the bottom of the waiting list. However, please tell us why the unit is unsuitable so that we can make a more suitable choice the next time. The Council is reluctant to allow shifts between units unless this will significantly improve the well-being of the tenant applying for the shift. You should therefore consider carefully before accepting a unit.


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