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13
Sep

Greater Bendigo’s social housing shortage set to continue under Labor.

The social housing shortage in Greater Bendigo is set to continue despite the Andrews Labor Government’s spin.

Over the term of the Andrews Labor Government the waiting list for Social Housing in Greater Bendigo has skyrocketed to reach a total of 2457 families. This is a figure that has blown out by an incredible 1338 families (120%) over the term of this government, including an extra 29 families who joined the list in the June 2021 quarter.

Of greatest concern are the 1640 families on the priority access waiting list which includes those who are homeless, escaping domestic violence, living with a mental illness or disability, indigenous families and those with special housing needs. This list has blown out by an extra 1614 families (310%) over the term of this government, including an extra 26 families who joined the list in the June 2021 quarter.

Labor’s Maree Edwards recently boasted that the government will deliver 143 new social housing dwellings in Bendigo. However, the construction of these homes will still leave more than 2300 families, including almost 1500 of the most vulnerable families languishing on Labor’s ever-growing waiting list.

Labor clearly has a problem with numbers as these homes will not even begin to scratch the surface of the need for additional social housing to house Greater Bendigo’s most vulnerable citizens.

Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:

“The Andrews Labor Government has failed to adequately invest in social housing which has seen the waiting list in Greater Bendigo skyrocket by 120% to reach 2457 families under Labor.

“Families who are languishing on Labor’s ever-growing waiting lists are under enormous stress and the government need to provide far greater assistance to address the needs of vulnerable families in the Greater Bendigo community

 

Bendigo

Waiting List Data

Sept 2014 March 2021 June 2021
Total Wait List 1119 2428 2457
Priority Access 400 1614 1640

 

 

Media Contact:  Jason Kelly         0413 103 240       jason.kelly@parliament.vic.gov.au  

 

 

 

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