The government is pausing periodic tenancy reviews of public housing tenants while it considers whether the groups exempt from the process should be widened.
Tenancy reviews determine whether a person or family still needs public housing and whether they are in a house that meets their current needs.
The reviews are on hold until the end of June.
Housing Minister Phil Twyford said while public housing was not intended to be a house for life, it was important the government recognised some tenants would continue to need secure public housing and support for a long time.
The Ministry of Social Development is contacting tenants already in the review process to let them know they do not need to do anything more for the time being.