The Whittlesea Declaration – we need 3,000 new homes every year for a decade

In Victoria, there are 82,000 men, women and children waiting for social housing. Victoria has the lowest proportion of social housing stock in all of Australia, with just 3.5 per cent of all housing being social housing. 

That’s why, in advance of the Victorian State election, an alliance of housing and homelessness bodies, charities and social service organisations have united to sign The Whittlesea Declaration; calling on the Victorian Government to build the equivalent of at least ‘one new Whittlesea’ each year to stop the list blowing out further.

Council to Homeless Persons and six other peak bodies – Victorian Council of Social Service, Community Housing Industry Association Vic, Domestic Violence Vic, Victorian Public Tenants Association, Tenants Victoria, Justice Connect are demanding that Victoria builds 3,000 public and community housing properties — the equivalent of a new Whittlesea — each year for the next decade to tackle the state’s out-of-control social housing waiting list.

You can help, by signing the petition to build 3,000 new homes in Victoria

We wanted to show the media what 3,000 homes looks like, so we took them to Whittlesea, a township with just over 3,000 housholds, to give them an idea of the scale of investment needed.

As Council to Homeless Person’s CEO, Jenny Smith has said, “homelessness doesn’t happen by accident; it is a direct result of a lack of housing for people on low incomes. Housing and homelessness are two sides of the same political coin. Until we see major investment in social housing, homelessness will continue to rise.”

We’re encouraging everyone who wants a fairer housing system and fewer people suffering from homelessness to sign the petition calling on the leaders of the major parties to commit to building 3,000 extra public and community housing properties each year.

Find out more about the Everybody’s Home campaign.