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15
Nov

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

  • 90% MORE HOMES NEEDED IN MITCHELL SHIRE TO HOUSE 443 FAMILIES ON WAIT LIST

 

  • SEYMOUR WAITING LIST ALMOST DOUBLES UNDER LABOR (UP 97.77%) WITH ANOTHER 25 FAMILIES JOINING THE TOTAL WAITING LIST IN SEPT 2020 QUARTER

 

  • SEYMOUR PRIORITY WAITING LIST MORE THAN TRIPLES UNDER LABOR (UP 256.72%) WITH ANOTHER 14 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 Seymour 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.

Seymour’s social housing waiting list has almost doubled since the election of the Andrews Labor Government, soaring from 224 families in September 2014 to 443 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 Seymour continued to increase with another 25 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 Seymour has risen by 219 families (97.77%). There are now 443 families on the waiting list for social housing in Seymour up from 418 (June 2020) and 224 (Sept 2014).

Of even greater concern was the large increase in priority applicants. There are now 239 families on the waiting list for priority housing in Seymour, an increase of 14 (6.22%) in the September 2020 quarter and a massive increase of 172 families (256.72%) 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 90% more additional social housing homes in the Mitchell Shire 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 494 social properties in the Mitchell Shire Local Government Area, a figure which has actually decreased by 4 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 7 properties during the same period but this had been offset through investment by the community sector in an additional 3 properties, leaving a decrease of 4 properties while 443 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
Seymour 224 418 443 25 5.98%   219 97.77%
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
Seymour 67 225 239 14 6.22%   172 256.72%
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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