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15
Nov

LOVELL CALLS FOR LOCAL INVESTMENT IN SOCIAL HOUSING AS MILDURA WAITING LIST GROWS AGAIN

  •  MORE THAN 50% ADDITIONAL HOMES NEEDED TO HOUSE 653 FAMILIES ON LIST

 

  • MILDURA WAITING LIST UP 54.01% UNDER LABOR WITH ANOTHER 31 FAMILIES JOINING THE TOTAL WAIT LIST IN SEPT 2020 QUARTER 

 

  • MILDURA PRIORITY WAITING LIST MORE THAN TRIPLES UNDER LABOR (UP 260%) WITH ANOTHER 22 FAMILIES JOINING THE PRIORITY WAIT LIST IN SEPT 2020 QUARTER

 

The Liberal Member Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on the State Government to ensure Mildura receives a major share of the social housing being funded in the upcoming State Budget to address the concerning rise in families languishing on the Andrew’s Labor Government’s ever-growing Social Housing Waiting list.

Ms Lovell highlighted the issue in Parliament last week and is calling on the State Government to look beyond the tramlines and address the significant growth in disadvantaged families in regional areas.

Following Ms Lovell’s speech in Parliament calling for a major investment in social housing in this year’s state budget she was initially excited by the government’s announcement today (Sunday 15th Nov.), however that excitement soon turned to disappointment when the Minister stated that only 25% of the housing would be built in regional Victoria – despite regional Victoria making up 37% of the total number of families languishing on the priority waiting list and 34% of the total waiting list.

“With Mildura unfortunately being identified by the Council to Homeless Persons as being in the regional areas with the fourth highest number of homeless people (255) and the concerning rise in families languishing on the waiting list it is time the Andrews Labor Government to make a significant investment in social housing in this city,’ Ms Lovell said.

Mildura’s social housing waiting list has increased by 54.01% since the election of the Andrews Labor Government, soaring from 424 families in September 2014 to 653 in September 2020.

Ms Lovell said new data for the September 2020 quarter recently released by the government revealed the waiting list for social housing in Mildura continued to increase with another 31 families joining Labor’s lengthening queue for social housing in the September 2020 quarter.

Since the Andrews Labor Government was elected in 2014 the total waiting list for Mildura has risen by 229 families (54.01%). There are now 653 families on the waiting list for social housing in Mildura up from 622 (June 2020) and 424 (Sept 2014).

Of even greater concern was the large increase in priority applicants. There are now 360 families on the waiting list for priority housing in Mildura, an increase of 22 (6.51%) in the September 2020 quarter and a massive increase of 260 families (260.00%) 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 need.

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 2,831 families (6.20%) in the September quarter and an incredible 13,911 families (40.18%) since September 2014 leaving 48,529 vulnerable Victorian families without access to social housing.

Even more concerning are the 25,827 vulnerable families on the state-wide priority housing waiting list, which grew by 1355 families (5.54%) in the September quarter and by 15,837 families (158.53%) over the term of this government.

The latest social housing data available reveals that Labor would need to build more than 50% additional social housing homes in Mildura just to house those already on the current Social Housing Waiting List.

The publicly available data published as part of the DHHS annual reports show that as of June 2019 there were 1267 social properties in the Mildura Local Government Area, a figure which had decreased by 29 over the five years Labor had been in Government.

However deeper analysis of that data shows that Public Housing (owned by State Government) had decreased by 106 properties during the same period but this had been offset through investment by the community sector in an additional 77 properties, leaving a minor net increase of only 29 properties while 653 families languish on the waiting list.

“It’s time for Labor to look beyond the tramlines and it’s time the Minister got on with the job of providing homes for the growing number of vulnerable families in regional Victoria.”

Total Applicants on Social Housing Waiting list
Area Sept-2014 June-2020 Sept-2020 Total Increase

June–Sept 2020

% Inc   Total Inc Sept 2014-Sept 2020 % Inc
Mildura 424 622 653 31 4.98%   229 54.01%
State-wide 34618 45698 48529 2831 6.20%   13911 40.18%

 

Total Applicants on Priority Housing Waiting list
Area Sept-2014 June-2020 Sept-2020 Total Increase

June-Sept 2020

% Inc   Total Inc Sept 2014-Sept 2020 % Inc
Mildura 100 338 360 22 6.51%   260 260.00%
State-wide 9990 24472 25827 1355 5.54%   15837 158.53%

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   jason.kelly@parliament.vic.gov.au  

 

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