Dwell Housing Trust

Dwell Housing Trust

Dwell Housing Trust provides affordable, quality housing for people in need or on a low income in the Wellington region.


Dwell is a leader in housing innovation and mixed communities (social housing and shared equity for first home buyers), and we have been building homes for 10 years. We want to supply more homes for our community and we are currently working towards our next build project - 19 apartments in Wellington for social housing.

Support Dwell to help us continue to provide for our community in need. Our community housing model is a proven one. As has been shown internationally, the community housing sector is a successful way of increasing the supply of low-cost housing. Big or small any support for our work has an impact.

We want to create a pipeline of new build projects

• We want to build 20 homes per year for the next five years.

• We can borrow up to 70% of the cost of each project.

• We need to raise 30% of the cost of each project.

• We need $4 million for each project every year.

• Every donation helps us reach this target.

• For every dollar given to Dwell, we bring another $2.

How great is housing need in Wellington

As at 30 September 2020, 1894 households were on the Ministry of Social Development’s social housing register for the Wellington region (Wellington City, Lower Hutt City, Upper Hutt City, and Porirua).

15.4% of people in Porirua and 11.6% of people in Wellington City live in crowded households.

The 2018 Census showed around 20,000 Wellingtonians pay an annual market rent for a two-bedroom home that is more than half their income.

More about us

Dwell Housing Trust provides affordable, quality housing for people in need or on a low income, and whose housing needs are not being met by other housing providers in the Wellington region. We are more than a landlord - we ensure our tenants have access to the support they need to live well, do well and be well.

We provide a range of housing services including social housing, supported housing for people experiencing mental illness, shared living for single people, and general needs affordable rental (below market) housing.

Dwell became operational in 2013 following the merger of Wellington Housing Trust and Mahora House Incorporated, who between them had more than 50 years experience in community housing. We carry on their great work in solving the housing crisis in the Wellington region.

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Find out more about Dwell's work  14 September 2016

Posted by: Dwell Housing Trust

Dwell likes to keep people up to date with its activities.

Visit our website at www.dwell.org.nz or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dwellhousingtrust to receive regular updates.

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Latest donations

Ian on 15 May 2021
Bella, Lucy & Alana
Bella, Lucy & Alana on 13 Apr 2019
This is a donation of the proceeds from a bake sale we held in Khandallah to raise awareness and money for the trust. This was as a result of a project on Social issues at WGC. We chose the trust as we like the proactive nature of the work it does.
Dwell Housing Trust

Wow we are blown away by this lovely donation. Thank you so much. It really means alot to us that you went to so much effort and gave your time to raise this money. We love baking too so its very appropriate! :-) We are thinking we'll use the money to put towards our garden area at new homes we are building and add some features we didn't have funds for. Thank you.

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Stuart on 29 Mar 2019
Impressed with what you are doing. Keep it up.
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Guest Donor on 23 Dec 2018
Keep up your fantastic work!
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Guest Donor on 17 Mar 2017    Wedding donations

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