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Independent Living Units for Over 55s

Having a cup of tea inside an independent living unit

The Salvation Army has 283 independent living units (ILUs) throughout New Zealand.

These units provide an essential service for the low income elderly. If you or a family member is an older person in need, please read this page to find out more about applying for one of these units.

The units are supplied with:

  • floor coverings -- carpet and vinyl
  • drapes and curtains
  • television aerial -- but not TV set
  • bench top electric stove with range hood and wall oven (where applicable)
  • heat pump (where applicable)
  • one drawer dishwasher (where applicable)

You will need to supply:

  • telephone
  • refrigerator
  • microwave oven
  • washing machine and drier
  • your own furniture and household appliances
  • rubbish bin

Units are one or two bedroom with built-in wardrobes, lounge/dining room, kitchen with pantry cupboard and space for a refrigerator and microwave oven, bathroom with vanity unit shower, toilet and wash-hand basin. In addition there is a hot water cupboard and a small storeroom outside. Each unit has its own clothes line.

> Download the Independent Living Units Information Sheet for Applicants (PDF, 28KB)

The conditions of tenancy in a ILU

  • ILUs are rented to independent tenants only. However, you may use services such as: cleaning, showering, shopping, meals on wheels, etc. if needed. You might use your ILU as an intermediary step before going into full-time care.
  • You're expected to keep your unit (including your outside area and gardens) clean and tidy.
  • You may not alter any part of the interior or exterior of the unit. Building storage and garden sheds or carports is also not allowed.
  • Pets are limited to caged birds, fish and only one cat.
  • No parking is permitted on the lawns.