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Nov

BENALLA AND WANGARATTA’S SOCIAL HOUSING WAITING LIST REACHES AN ALL-TIME HIGH AS FAMILIES WAIT LONGER TO BE HOUSED.

 

  • PRIORITY WAITING LIST MORE THAN TRIPLES (UP 274.59%)
  • TOTAL WAITING LIST SOARS TO 855 FAMILIES
  • ANOTHER 43 FAMILIES JOIN THE WAITING LIST IN SEPT 2021 QUARTER

The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has slammed the Andrews Labor Governments social housing record, saying recent data showed more Benalla and Wangaratta families are waiting longer for access to social housing as the waiting list grows and the waiting time gets longer.

Ms Lovell said the September Waiting List data released last week revealed that the list of vulnerable families languishing on Labor’s Social Housing Waiting list in Benalla and Wangaratta had reached an all-time high of 855 families, an increase of 397 or 86.68% since the election of the Andrews Labor Government.

Of even greater concern is the escalating number of families on the ‘priority housing list’ which has more than tripled under Labor, increasing by 335 families to reach a total of 457 families.

Priority applicants include the most vulnerable community members including those who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, escaping domestic violence or living with a disability or special housing need.

Ms Lovell said the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing’s Annual Report revealed that the wait time for access to housing for those on the ‘priority list’ has extended from 8.7 months in June 2014 to 12.4 months in June 2021. That’s an additional 3.7 months before vulnerable families are housed – an increase in waiting time of 43%.

Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:

“The Andrews Labor Government has failed vulnerable families in Benalla and Wangaratta through its failure to address the growing need for social housing.

“It is unacceptable that the number of families urgently waiting for priority housing has more than tripled to reach 457 families under this government.

“The government must do more to address this growing need for social housing in Benalla and Wangaratta.”

Total Applicants on Social Housing Waiting list
Area Sept-2014 June- 2021 Sept-2021 Total Increase

June-Sept 2021

% Inc   Total Inc Sept 2014-Sept 2021 % Inc
Benalla and Wangaratta 458 812 855 43 5.30%   397 86.68%
State-wide 34618 51823 52926 1103 2.13%   18,308 52.89%

 

Total Applicants on Priority Housing Waiting list
Area Sept-2014 June- 2021 Sept-2021 Total Increase

June-Sept 2021

% Inc   Total Inc Sept 2014-Sept 2021 % Inc
Benalla and Wangaratta 122 421 457 36 8.55%   335 274.59%
State-wide 9990 28427 29268 841 2.96%   19278 192.97%

 

(The September 2014 Waiting List was the final waiting list published by the Napthine Liberal Government prior to the election of the Andrews Labor Government in November 2014.)

Media Contact:     Jason Kelly   0413 103 240      

 

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