Andrews Labor Government Puts Every Victorian First

The Andrews Labor Government will provide the biggest ever response to homelessness in the state’s history – putting every Victorian first, particularly when they’re doing it tough.

The Labor Government will provide more than $109 million to intervene early and provide targeted support that helps people get back on their feet.

The package will help 19,000 people at risk of or experiencing homelessness over the next five years, providing targeted support in particular for rough sleepers, young people and veterans.

The Government will provide targeted support for more than 1900 people to access housing, mental health, alcohol and drug services.

We will work with young people at risk of homelessness, those exiting our youth justice system and leaving out of home care to ensure they have every opportunity to succeed.

To support young people leaving out of home care, get a job or study, we will invest $10.1 million to help with housing through board payments, housing subsidies and leasing arrangements until they are 21.

Building on our work to improve and build new facilities, we will provide more $60 million to deliver:

  • 120 new or developed housing units
  • New accommodation with targeted support services in the west of Melbourne
  • Rapid Housing for those in need
  • 30 unit supported housing for women and children
  • Accommodation for people with severe mental illness in Frankston

In addition to the $109 million package, the recently expanded Rapid Housing Assistance Fund will see $24 million invested in purchasing 94 properties and leasing another 79 to provide stable housing for those who are experiencing homelessness.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“We were elected to put people first – and that means every Victorian, particularly those doing it tough.”

“This is the biggest support in history, and it focuses on the basics – the fundamental human right to shelter and the assistance you need to get through those tough times and back on your feet.”

“We’re building a stronger and fairer state where every Victorian gets a fair go.”

 Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley

“Every Victorian deserves to have a roof over their head. We’re providing more support so those in need have access to housing and targeted assistance to get back on their feet.”

“This funding will provide homeless people with a roof over their head and targeted, tailored services, no matter where they are.”