Fifteen Victorian councils will now be able to take the next steps in building innovative new social housing projects designed to meet increasing demand for affordable housing across the State.
Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley announced the worthy recipients of the Social Housing Investment Planning (SHIP) grants today, which provide $2.5 million to local governments to plan new social housing in their regions.
The grants, worth up to $200,000 each, will help councils drive the development of social housing through a variety of approaches, including creating municipal social housing plans and identifying land suitable for future social housing projects.
Councils applying for the grants were required to demonstrate how their proposal would improve social housing outcomes in their area with additional homes for eligible Victorians.
Increasing social housing is one of the ways the Andrews Labor Government is tackling the problem of housing affordabilty. Along with the $1 billion Social Housing Growth Fund – part of the Homes for Victorians strategy – the SHIP grants will support more modern, accessible homes for Victorians requiring housing support.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley
“We are giving local governments the help they need to build more modern social housing in their council areas.”
“The quality of the applications we received was very high and I look forward to seeing the impact these projects will have in housing Victorians in their respective communities.”
The councils and projects selected for funding are:
- Cardinia: Facilitating Social Housing in Cardinia - $144,780;
- Casey: Affordable and Social Housing Strategy - $145,000;
- Darebin: Darebin Social Housing Strategy 2018-2028 - $110,000;
- Frankston: Site Feasibility Study - $160,000;
- Geelong: City of Greater Geelong Social Housing Plan 2018-2036 - $200,000;
- Glen Eira: Social & Affordable Housing Strategy & Feasibility Study to increase density of Social Housing - $200,000;
- Hobsons Bay: Epsom Street Affordable Housing - $140,000;
- Knox: Laying a Social Housing Pipeline in Knox - $200,000;
- Moonee Valley: Developing a model to deliver social housing outcomes for Moonee Valley - $200,000;
- Mount Alexander: Mount Alexander Shire Social Housing Feasibility Study and Business Case - $139,400;
- Port Phillip: Marlborough Street Affordable Housing - $200,000;
- Warrnambool: Warrnambool Social Housing Planning Project - $104,500;
- Whittlesea, Hume and Mitchell: Delivering Social Housing in Growth Areas: A Partnership Approach - $200,000;
- Wyndham: Building Social Housing Capacity in Wyndham - $200,000;
- Yarra Ranges: Lilydale Affordable Housing Project - $200,000.
Reviewed 19 August 2020