- ANOTHER 72 FAMILIES JOIN THE WAITING LIST IN SEPTEMBER QUARTER
- BENDIGO WAITING LIST UP 68% UNDER LABOR
- BENDIGO PRIORITY WAITING LIST UP 206% UNDER LABOR
Bendigo’s social housing waiting list has risen by 68% in five years under the Andrews Labor Government, soaring from 1,119 families in September 2014 to 1,881 in September 2019, Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell said.
Ms Lovell said new data released by the government revealed the waiting list for social housing in Bendigo continued to increase with another 72 families joining Labor’s lengthening queue for social housing in the September 2019 quarter.
Since the Andrews Government was elected in 2014 the total waiting list for Bendigo has risen by 762 families (68%). There are now 1,881 families on the waiting list for social housing in Bendigo up from 1,809 (June 2019) and 1,119 (Sept 2014).
Of even greater concern was the large increase in priority applicants. There are now 1,223 families on the waiting list for priority housing in Bendigo, an increase of 63 (5.43%) in the September 2019 quarter and a massive increase of 823 families (206%) since September 2014.
Priority applicants are the most vulnerable Victorians who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, escaping family violence or have a disability or special housing needs.
Ms Lovell said the social housing waiting list continued to rise due to Labor’s incompetence. The state-wide social housing waiting list has blown out by an incredible 9,534 families since September 2014 leaving 44,152 vulnerable Victorian families without access to social housing.
“Even more concerning are the 23,373 vulnerable families on the state-wide priority housing waiting list, which grew by 650 families in the September quarter and by 13,383 (134%) families over the term of this government.
“Labor likes to boast about its election commitment to acquire 1000 additional social housing properties across the state but the reality is that in regional Victoria only Geelong and Ballarat are included in this policy, leaving Bendigo families with little hope of gaining access to a home.
“It’s time Labor took responsibility for its ongoing failure to help families, it’s time Labor realised it has been making life harder for Victorians, and it’s time the Minister got on with the job of providing homes for the growing number of vulnerable Victorians who need them,” Ms Lovell said.
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