Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust

Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust

OCHT provides safe and secure housing to qualifying residents on low incomes in neighbourhoods throughout Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.


At OCHT tenants are at the centre – our focus is on our tenants, they are at the centre of everything we do. Our main goals are to:

• Place tenants in the right house in the right community

• Assist tenants find housing that fits their budget

• Work with tenants and other organisations to sustain their tenancy

• Link tenants to services and recreational activities to enhance their well-being

OCHT’s focus is on tenant centric service delivery, sustainable tenancies and improved property management services. OCHT’s aim is to resolve tenant issues, increase support as efficiently and responsively as possible and support tenants to live well in their homes.

OCHT plans to increase social and affordable housing stock in Christchurch. All operational surpluses will be reinvested back in to social housing.

More about us

The Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust (OCHT) is the largest non-governmental social housing provider in the South Island. OCHT was established by the Christchurch City Council (Council) in 2016 to take over the day-to-day management of its social housing portfolio of approximately 2,300 social housing units.

The formation of OCHT reflects the Council’s wish to move to a more financially sustainable model for its social housing portfolio of units and complexes, improve the quality of its housing and the satisfaction of its tenants, and allow for new developments responding to social housing needs in Christchurch.

OCHT is a registered community housing provider (CHP) through the Community Housing Regulatory Authority (CHRA) and a Class 1: Social Landlord. OCHT is committed to delivering high quality services and continuously-improving tenant outcomes.

The team collectively has 145 years of social housing experience, making OCHT a highly experienced and expert local provider of social housing solutions.

OCHT undertake its activities with a focus on people – its tenants, employees and all stakeholders.

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