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15
Nov

LOVELL CALLS FOR LOCAL INVESTMENT IN SOCIAL HOUSING AS WODONGA’S WAITING LIST GROWS AGAIN

 

 

  • MORE THAN 50% ADDITIONAL HOMES NEEDED TO HOUSE 670 FAMILIES ON WAIT LIST
  • WODONGA WAITING LIST UP BY 34% UNDER LABOR WITH ANOTHER 21 FAMILIES JOINING THE TOTAL WAITING LIST IN SEPT 2020 QUARTER
  • WODONGA PRIORITY WAITING LIST UP BY 82.89% UNDER LABOR WITH ANOTHER 3 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 Wodonga 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 Wodonga unfortunately being identified by the Council to Homeless Persons as being in the top 10 regional areas with the highest number of homeless people and the concerning rise in families languishing on the ever-growing waiting list it is time the Andrews Labor Government to make a significant investment in social housing in this city,’ Ms Lovell said.

Wodonga’s social housing waiting list has increased by 34% since the election of the Andrews Labor Government, soaring from 500 families in September 2014 to 670 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 Wodonga continued to increase with another 21 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 Wodonga has risen by 170 families (34.0%). There are now 670 families on the waiting list for social housing in Wodonga up from 649 (June 2020) and 500 (Sept 2014).

Of even greater concern was the large increase in priority applicants. There are now 278 families on the waiting list for priority housing in Wodonga, an increase of 3 (1.09%) in the September 2020 quarter and a massive increase of 126 families (82.89%) 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 2831 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 increase social housing stock in Wodonga by 50% 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 1330 social properties in the Wodonga Local Government Area, a figure which had increased by only 12 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 18 properties during the same period but this had been offset through investment by the community sector in an additional 30 properties, leaving a minor net increase of only 12 properties while 670 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
Wodonga 500 649 670 21 3.24% 170 34.00%
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
Wodonga 152 275 278 3 1.09% 126 82.89%
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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