Accommodation Supplement

Accommodation Supplement is a weekly payment which helps people with their rent, board or the cost of owning a home.

Who can get it

You may get an Accommodation Supplement if you:

  • have accommodation costs
  • are aged 16 years or more
  • are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here
  • are not paying rent for a social housing property. Social housing properties are provided by Kāinga Ora (used to be Housing New Zealand) and approved community housing providers.

It also depends on:

  • how much you and your spouse or partner earn
  • any money or assets you and your spouse or partner have.
  • How much you can get

    How much you will get on the Accommodation Supplement will depend on:

    • your income
    • your assets
    • your accommodation costs
    • your family circumstances
    • where you live.

    Work out how much Accommodation Supplement you might be entitled to:

  • Are you eligible?

    Find out if you might get this benefit, and what other financial assistance may be available to you.

  • How to apply


    What application form you fill out depends on what payments you're getting from us.

    We can grant you the financial assistance you're entitled to from the date you first contact us if you complete your application within 20 working days of that date.

    New client or only getting childcare payments

    If you're not getting any payments from us, or only getting childcare payments, you can apply online through MyMSD.

    We'll also check to see if you can get any other help from us based on the answers you give in your application.

    Can't use MyMSD

    If you can't use MyMSD, you can print out and complete an Extra Help application form.

    Once completed, you'll need to send the form and proof of your costs to us. Call us to talk about the best way to do this.

    Existing client

    If you're already getting payments from us, eg, a benefit or Disability Allowance, you can complete an Accommodation Supplement paper application form.

    If you're a student, you can apply through StudyLink

    Once completed, you'll need to send the form and proof of your costs to us. Call us to talk about the best way to do this.

  • Already getting Accommodation Supplement and costs change

    If you're already getting Accommodation Supplement and your accommodation costs change, you need to let us know.

    If you're not sure what costs are included in your Accommodation Supplement, you can check in MyMSD.

linksContact us

The information provided in this page is a guide only.

Contact us to talk about your individual circumstances.