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The Selwyn Foundations charitable outreach provides housing for older Aucklanders

Social Housing for Seniors

Offering total support to older people is one of our greatest strengths.

Always looking for opportunities to make a difference, The Selwyn Foundation successfully applied to the Community Housing Regulatory Authority and became an officially registered Community Housing Provider (CHP).

We now support tenants who face financial hardship by accessing the Ministry of Social Development’s income-related rent subsidy. We also play an active and positive part in developing Regional and National housing strategies.

New housing partnership with Auckland Council

Our status as a Community Housing Provider allowed us to submit a Request for Proposal in relation to Auckland Council’s Housing for Older People services.  This led to our selection as the council's preferred community housing partner for its portfolio of homes for older Aucklanders. This joint venture offers long-term security for the council’s existing social housing tenants, allowing us to create safe, thriving and age-friendly communities with additional wraparound services for everyone in need.

The partnership took over management of the Housing for Older People properties on 1 July 2017. Visit www.haumaruhousing.co.nz for more information.

As well as housing, we developed a range of community programmes to address the issues of healthy living, isolation and loneliness: 

  • our network of Selwyn Centres community drop-in venues in 26 parishes across Auckland city
  • an outreach service with trained staff 'on the ground' helping people navigate social services and the health system
  • charitable funding to people needing help to purchase one-off items essential to healthy living
  • our dementia day services
  • support teams for older people moving from independent living to residential care, offering guidance through the process, assistance with getting assessed, and making sure people receive all the subsidies they are eligible for

These programmes are available to council tenants under the joint partnership with Auckland Council – enhancing people’s lives and their communities.