Building New Homes To Fight Homelessness

16 October 2018

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will help more Victorians escape from family violence, homelessness and life on the streets with 1,000 new public housing properties across the state.

The Andrews Labor Government has already delivered more than 1,500 additional community and public housing properties, putting a roof over the head of Victorians who have nowhere else to go.

Existing tenants will have the quality homes they deserve, with the Labor Government replacing up to 2,500 old public housing properties with modern, comfortable, energy efficient and secure properties.

There’s more to do and only Labor will invest $209 million to build an additional 1,000 public housing properties over three years.

This will help get more Victorians off the streets and into a home of their own, so they can turn their lives around.

This investment will include 800 one and two-bedroom properties and 200 three-bedroom properties, providing homes for around 1,800 Victorians around the state.

Family violence is a major contributor to homelessness and these larger three-bedroom properties will be suitable for families, helping women escape violent relationships and build a new life with a stable home for their children.

The new properties will be built in Geelong and Ballarat, as well as Darebin, Maribyrnong, Stonnington and Whitehorse council areas in Melbourne.

These new homes will be built over three years, with all properties to be finished by 2022.

The former Liberal Government cut $330 million out of the public housing budget and Matthew Guy has now promised to put homeless people living in purpose-built housing in Brighton on the streets and sell off the land to developers.

Only Labor will help Victorians struggling with homelessness with an immediate boost to public housing properties where they’re needed most.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“No one should be forced to stay in a violent relationship because they have nowhere else to go – these new public housing properties will help women and kids find a home and start a new life, safe from family violence.”

“Getting a job or studying is near impossible if you’re living on the street - we're building more public housing to make sure Victorians get the opportunity to build a new life.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing Martin Foley

“The Liberals cut $330 million out of public housing and left thousands of Victorians living in appalling conditions – given the chance, they’ll do it again.”

“Matthew Guy has already promised to kick out homeless people living in purpose-built housing in Brighton and sell off the land to his developer mates – only Labor will build more public housing to help Victorians get off the streets and back into society.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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