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15
Nov

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

  • MORE THAN 85% ADDITIONAL HOMES NEEDED TO HOUSE 1419 FAMILIES ON WAIT LIST
  • SHEPPARTON WAITING LIST MORE THAN DOUBLES UNDER LABOR (UP 136.5%) WITH ANOTHER 91 FAMILIES JOINING THE TOTAL WAITING LIST IN SEPT 2020 QUARTER
  • SHEPPARTON PRIORITY WAITING LIST QUADRUPLES UNDER LABOR (UP 301.1%) WITH ANOTHER 56 FAMILIES JOINING THE PRIORITY WAITING LIST IN SEPT 2020 QUARTER

The Liberal Member Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on the State Government to ensure Greater Shepparton 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 Shepparton unfortunately being identified by the Council to the Homeless Persons as the regional city with the highest number of homeless people (372) and the concerning rise in families languishing on Labor’s ever-growing waiting list, it is time for the Andrews Labor Government to make a significant investment in social housing in our city,” Ms Lovell said.

Shepparton’s social housing waiting list has more than doubled since the election of the Andrews Labor Government, soaring from 600 families in September 2014 to 1419 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 Shepparton continued to increase with another 91 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 Shepparton has risen by 819 families (136.5%). There are now 1,419 families on the waiting list for social housing in Shepparton up from 1,328 (June 2020) and 600 (Sept 2014).

Of even greater concern was the large increase in priority applicants. There are now 722 families on the waiting list for priority housing in Shepparton, an increase of 56 (8.41%) in the September 2020 quarter and a massive increase of 542 families (301.11%) 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 85% additional social housing homes in Greater Shepparton 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 1656 social properties in the Greater Shepparton Local Government Area, a figure which had increased by only 69 over the five years Labor had been in Government. This figure would also include the 40 rooms at the Shepparton Youth Foyer, a Napthine Government project that was under construction at the time of the election and completed the following year.

However deeper analysis of that data shows that Public Housing (owned by State Government) had decreased by 125 properties during the same period but this had been offset through investment by the community sector in an additional 194 properties, leaving a minor net increase of only 69 properties while 1419 families languish on the waiting list.

The Government recently boasted they would build around 40 new social homes in Greater Shepparton by next year, unfortunately that will still leave around 1380 families languishing on Labor’s ever-growing 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
Shepparton 600 1328 1419 91 6.85% 819 136.5%
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
Shepparton 180 666 722 56 8.41% 542 301.11%
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 November 2014 election.

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

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