Homelessness initiatives welcome, but more action needed to deliver social housing


27 May 2019

Victoria’s peak body for homelessness, Council to Homeless Persons, welcomes the State Government’s commitment to extend successful homelessness programs, including the Private Rental Assistance Program (PRAP), and to deliver on its election commitment to build 1,000 new units of public housing by 2022.

“These are positive commitments that will make a difference,” says Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) CEO Jenny Smith.

The PRAP helps around 4,000 victim-survivors of family violence to achieve rapid-rehousing through the private rental market.

“But, the reality is there are 41,677 households on the waiting list for social housing in Victoria. This is 82,500 individual people, including almost 25,000 children. Research has identified that Victoria has a shortfall of 102,800 social housing properties.”

“Even with the projected increase in social housing in this budget there will still be a reduction in the proportion of all housing in Victoria that is social housing from 3.44% in 2018-19 to 3.42% in 2019-20. That means it will still be getting harder for people who cannot afford private rental to access the social housing safety net they need.”

The Victorian Government needs to increase its investment to deliver 3,000 social housing properties a year.

“The Federal Government should also do a lot more to address homelessness, including more than matching the State Government’s investment in social housing,” says Ms Smith.

Media Enquiries: Isabelle Oderberg, 0435 966 251 or isabelle@chp.org.au