Homelessness will increase as social housing proportion falls


8 July 2019

Social housing as a proportion of all housing fell from 3.4% to 3.3% in the year to ­­­June 2018, Council to Homeless Persons analysis of AIHW data released today reveals.

This continues a consistent pattern of social housing decline over the past five years, a problem that is increasing homelessness in Victoria.

The Census revealed that almost 25,000 Victorians are homeless on any given night. In 2017-18, almost 117,000 Victorians sought help from a specialist homelessness service.

“Social housing provides a critical safety net for people struggling to afford private rental costs,” says Council to Homeless Persons CEO Jenny Smith.

“With availability of social housing falling, homelessness services are increasingly unable to rehouse people experiencing homelessness.”

“People without a home are getting stuck long term in crisis and emergency accommodation, which is a poor outcome for them, and it means these options are less available as others become homeless.”

“AHURI has identified Victoria has an immediate shortfall of 102,800 social housing properties to meet current need.”

“We urgently need the state government to accelerate social housing growth to begin to address this shortfall and to reduce homelessness.”

“The federal government also needs to step up to the plate to increase their investment in social housing.”

Social housing program

Jun-14

Jun-15

Jun-16

Jun-17

Jun-18

Public housing

64,471

64,404

64,241

64,170

64,295

Community housing(b)

14,268

13,943

14,236

14,278

14,486

Indigenous community housing(c)(d)

1,966

1,964

1,939

1,720

1,707

All programs

80,705

80,311

80,416

80,168

80,488

No. households

2,206,000

2,238,600

2,271,200

2,347,500

2,423,800

 

3.7%

3.6%

3.5%

3.4%

3.3%

Media enquiries: Isabelle Oderberg, Homelessness Australia, 0435 966 251 or isabelle@chp.org.au