Crisis in Victoria puts social housing back on the agenda

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After decades of underinvestment, Victoria has the lowest proportion of social housing in Australia, with the number of households on the waiting list blowing out to more than 45,000 in June this year. Source: The Age.

The Victorian Housing Register is a waiting list for social housing (rental housing that is owned and run by the government or not-for-profit agencies) that was established in 2016.

Social housing includes both public and community housing and is provided to people on low incomes (especially those who have experienced homelessness or family violence) who are charged rent at 25 per cent of their income.

But the number of households on the Victorian Housing Register has blown out from 33,073 in September 2016 to 45,698 as of June this year.

The number of people on the waiting list for public and community housing in Victoria has grown to an estimated 100,000 by June 30 this year – including almost 30,000 children – according to an analysis by independent researcher Duncan Rouch.

Only 3.2 per cent of Victoria’s housing stock is social housing – about 81,000 dwellings – below the national average of 4.2 per cent.

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas has strongly hinted social housing will be a feature of this month’s state budget, saying the government recognises this is “unfinished business”.

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‘I had to sleep in the car’: Crisis puts social housing back on the agenda (By Jewel Topsfield, The Age

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