Australia has allocated for a multi-million dollar spend on social housing in Victoria. The funding will see $738 million invested in 89 projects and more than 2,300 new homes will be built.
According to the state government, the project would create more than 9,000 jobs. The new homes will be accessible for people with disabilities, and there will be dedicated properties for people in need suffering mental health issues, escaping domestic violence, experiencing homelessness and Victoria’s First Peoples. Historically, Victoria has had the lowest proportion of public housing per capita compared to other Australian states.
Housing Minister Richard Wynne said the projects would be designed for long-term affordable housing.
“We know for many people their heaviest commitment apart from their rent is their utility build, so we want to make sure they are absolutely energy efficient,” he said.
In regional Victoria, a further 583 houses were set to be built, with $41m spent in Bendigo. Wintringham Housing has committed to building a 35-unit social housing development specifically for older people.