Elderly Persons Housing

Elderly Persons Housing Complexes

Ashburton District Council owns and maintains 112 units available for people over 60 years of age. These are in seven complexes spread throughout Ashburton, Methven and Rakaia, and they provide comfortable, self-contained, one-bedroom units, enjoying privacy and independence, while having contact with neighbours. Council looks after the lawns in these housing complexes. 

Council operates the units as a self-funding activity. This means that it does not attract general rate assistance.

Do I Qualify?

To qualify for retirement housing, you should:

  1. Be eligible for Government National Superannuation, OR aged 60 or over and be in receipt of Veterans Pension, Widows Benefit or Invalids Benefit.
  2. Not be in full time employment/business (not more than 30 hours per week)
  3. Be able to care for themselves independently
  4. Show a housing need which cannot be met adequately elsewhere
  5. Have assets totalling below (includes other real estate) $50,000 (single), $80,000 (coupled)
  6. Applications will be accepted and considered in priority from the following:
    • Residents of Ashburton district
    • Those with family in the Ashburton district
    • Others

Applicants who do not meet all the criteria may still be considered by the allocation sub-committee, based on their individual, social and personal needs.

Note: When considering all applications for housing, account must be taken of social and environmental needs of others. In the case of a couple, one member must meet all of the qualifying criteria. The only permitted animals on the property is one cat, one small caged bird or fish. No dogs are allowed.

How Do I Apply?

To apply, fill in our Retirement Housing application form and return it to our Commercial Team by email or mail your application to Ashburton District Council, PO Box 94, Ashburton 7740.



Page reviewed: 24 Jul 2014 11:33am