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Here's who can help you find somewhere to live.

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Camellia House Trust

160A Park Road, West End

Short-term emergency accommodation for women and children for up to three months. Please call ahead to make an appointment – no drop-ins.

Homes for People | Kawakawa Lodge – transitional housing

632 Pioneer Highway, Highbury

Homes for People exists to relieve poverty by developing social and affordable housing to help low-income people and households in our community. Works with other transitional/emergency housing providers to provide scalable and sustainable models for Kiwis to partner together to increase the accessibility of home ownership within our community.

Housing Advice Centre

Hancock Community House, 77-85 King Street

We offer advice and guidance. Free service helping home-seekers, landlords, tenants and boarders with anything to do with tenancy.

Kāinga Ora | Housing New Zealand

254 Broadway Avenue

Provides public housing services for New Zealanders in need.

Level 1: Kāinga Ora offices are open. If you would like to make an appointment, please call our Customer Service Freephone on 0800 801 601.

All appointments will be conducted in accordance with the government’s health and safety guidelines.

If you or someone in your household is unwell, please call us before your appointment. We can complete most things by phone.

Legacy Housing

171 Albert St

Short notice/emergency housing accommodation providers offering safe, warm, and dry accommodation where people can rebuild their lives and plan for their future. Connecting people with our other services to provide wrap-around support.

Level 1: Call Legacy to register and be added to the waiting list.

  • Call the duty manager anytime on 0508 4 Housing (0508 4468 7464) 

Manawatū Community Housing Trust

382-384 Rangitikei Street, Central

Charitable trust providing affordable, safe and supportive accommodation for individuals and families. Contact us to see how we can assist.

Te Roopu Whakaruruhau o Nga Wahine Māori Refuge

Provides 24-hour services to wahine and tamariki who are victims of family violence. Services include:

  • 24-hour crisis telephone service
  • 24-hour emergency safe house accommodation (criteria apply)
  • Food, clothing, baby needs
  • Advocacy and support to attend legal, medical, and Work and Income appointments
  • Free weekly women's education programmes, childcare and transport
  • Free domestic violence counselling for women and children
  • Playgroup sessions for under-fives held at the safe house.

Level 1: The office is not open for face-to-face visits, but home visits and phone support are available. Intakes to safe houses are continuing.

  • Hours: 24/7
  • Call: Crisis Line 0800 733 843

Women’s Refuge Palmerston North

597 Main Street

Support and help for women and children experiencing family violence.

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If you are concerned about somebody else, you can support them by keeping in touch with them. Some people may find it difficult to talk if the abusive person is monitoring their devices. If it’s an emergency, ring 111.

You can:

  • Agree on a ‘code word’ in advance with your friend. If they message you that word, you can call the police and ask them to check on them.
  • Ask them if they have the essential things they need (such as food, medication, and sanitary items) and help them to get them. Some abusive people will withhold these items.
  • Help them to feel less isolated by setting up regular times to talk to you and to others.
  • Encourage them to get in touch with Women’s Refuge if they feel unsafe.

Level 1: All services are available.