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Nov

SEYMOUR’S SOCIAL HOUSING WAITING LIST REACHES AN ALL-TIME HIGH AS FAMILIES WAIT LONGER TO BE HOUSED.

 

  • SEYMOUR’S PRIORITY WAITING LIST MORE THAN QUADRUPLES (UP 310.45%)
  • SEYMOUR’S TOTAL WAITING LIST SOARS TO 499 FAMILIES
  • ANOTHER 19 FAMILIES JOIN THE WAITING LIST IN SEPT 2021 QUARTER

The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has slammed the Andrews Labor Governments social housing record, saying recent data showed more Seymour families are waiting longer for access to social housing as the waiting list grows and the waiting time gets longer.

Ms Lovell said the September Waiting List data released last week revealed that the list of vulnerable families languishing on Labor’s Social Housing Waiting list in Seymour had reached an all-time high of 499 families, an increase of 275 or 122.77% since the election of the Andrews Labor Government.

Of even greater concern is the escalating number of families on the ‘priority housing list’ which has more than quadrupled under Labor, increasing by 208 families to reach a total of 275 families.

Priority applicants include the most vulnerable community members including those who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, escaping domestic violence or living with a disability or special housing need.

Ms Lovell said the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing’s Annual Report revealed that the wait time for access to housing for those on the ‘priority list’ has extended from 8.7 months in June 2014 to 12.4 months in June 2021. That’s an additional 3.7 months before vulnerable families are housed – an increase in waiting time of 43%.

Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:

“The Andrews Labor Government has failed vulnerable families in Seymour through its failure to address the growing need for social housing.

“It is unacceptable that the number of families urgently waiting for priority housing has more than quadrupled to reach 275 families under this government.

“The government must do more to address this growing need for social housing in Seymour.”

Total Applicants on Social Housing Waiting list
Area Sept-2014 June- 2021 Sept-2021 Total Increase

June-Sept 2021

% Inc   Total Inc Sept 2014-Sept 2021 % Inc
Seymour 224 480 499 19 3.96%   275 122.77%
State-wide 34618 51823 52926 1103 2.13%   18,308 52.89%

 

Total Applicants on Priority Housing Waiting list
Area Sept-2014 June- 2021 Sept-2021 Total Increase

June-Sept 2021

% Inc   Total Inc Sept 2014-Sept 2021 % Inc
Seymour 67 269 275 6 2.23%   208 310.45%
State-wide 9990 28427 29268 841 2.96%   19278 192.97%

 

(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      

 

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