The Healthy Housing Programme Outcomes Evaluation

Housing New Zealand Corporation and some district health boards collaborate to implement the Healthy Housing programme (Healthy Housing) for Housing New Zealand's tenants.

Healthy Housing matches households to houses appropriate to their needs. It links families to the health and social services they require to improve their health and wellbeing. It assists tenants to maximise the benefits of living in houses that are insulated, ventilated and heated effectively.

The evaluation determined that healthy environments in the house resulted in increased household wellbeing and reductions in hospitalisations. This in turn resulted in tenants with greater self-sufficiency and a greater sense of control over their lives. Greater control over their living environments was expressed as feelings of pride in their house and the level to which their homes were maintained.

The evaluation found that Healthy Housing was an effective and sustainable intervention with positive outcomes.

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