PPHA welcomes the Victorian government’s budget initiatives in the areas of health, education, infrastructure and jobs and applaud the commitment of $572M to combat family violence including $152 million for a "housing blitz" to build new crisis accommodation and refuges to shelter survivors of family violence.
PPHA is further encouraged by Treasurer Tim Pallas’ comments that there will be a very substantial housing affordability package in the latter half of this year. In order to access employment, education and health services, a person must first of all have a roof over their head.
“The current waiting list for social housing in Victoria is over 34,000 and there’s an estimated shortfall of 80,000 affordable rental properties. Social housing makes up only 3.4% of housing in Victoria, by far the lowest rate in Australia and one of the lowest in the Western world,” PPHA CEO Karen Barnett said.
PPHA looks forward to continuing its work with the Victorian government and private sector partners to deliver quality social and affordable housing projects in the future, she said.