Consultation on Housing for the Elderly Policy

23 June 2016

The way that New Plymouth District Council manages its Housing for the Elderly service is being reviewed – and we want your input.

 Submissions on the draft Housing for the Elderly (HTFE) Policy will open on Monday next week (27 June).

“We’re staying in the business of providing social housing for elderly people – that isn’t changing,” says Group Manager Strategy Liam Hodgetts.

“However the policy is due to be reviewed and we’re looking to set the strategic direction of Housing for the Elderly and implement more effectively our previous decisions about the service, such as making it self-funding.”

The new policy would enable the Council to more strategically manage the service, such as considering housing designs that better meet the changing needs of elderly people.

“These are important considerations given that we have an ageing population in Taranaki and demand on our social housing is likely to increase,” says Liam.

Public consultation

The draft policy was developed following discussions with key stakeholders on the housing needs of the elderly.

More information about the draft policy and submissions forms are available at the Civic Centre, community libraries and online at

Submissions close on 15 July.