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Aug

SHEPPARTON’S SOCIAL HOUSING WAITING LIST CONTINUES TO SOAR UNDER LABOR

  • ANOTHER 34 FAMILIES JOIN THE WAITING LIST IN JUNE 2020 QUARTER
  • SHEPPARTON WAITING LIST MORE THAN DOUBLES UNDER LABOR (UP 121.3%)
  • SHEPPARTON PRIORITY WAITING LIST UP 270% UNDER LABOR
  • MORE THAN 80% ADDITIONAL PROPERTIES NEEDED TO HOUSE FAMILIES ON LIST

 

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 1,328 in June 2020, Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell said.

Ms Lovell said new data released by the government revealed the waiting list for social housing in Shepparton continued to increase with another 34 families joining Labor’s lengthening queue for social housing in the June 2020 quarter.

Since the Andrews Labor Government was elected in 2014 the total waiting list for Shepparton has risen by 728 families (121.3%). There are now 1,328 families on the waiting list for social housing in Shepparton up from 1,294 (March 2020) and 600 (Sept 2014).

Of even greater concern was the large increase in priority applicants. There are now 666 families on the waiting list for priority housing in Shepparton, an increase of 21 (3.26%) in the June 2020 quarter and a massive increase of 486 families (270%) 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 needs.

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 an incredible 11,080 families (32%) since September 2014 leaving 45,698 vulnerable Victorian families without access to social housing.

Even more concerning are the 24,472 vulnerable families on the state-wide priority housing waiting list, which grew by 627 families (2.63%) in the June quarter and by 14,482 families (145%) over the term of this government.

The latest social housing data available reveals that Labor would need to build more than 80% additional social housing homes in Greater Shepparton just to house those already on the current Social Housing Waiting List.

The latest 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 1328 families languish on the waiting list.

“Labor likes to boast about its election commitment to acquire 1000 additional social housing properties across the state but the reality is that in regional Victoria only Geelong and Ballarat are included in this policy, leaving Shepparton families with little hope of gaining access to a home,” Ms Lovell said.

“It’s time Labor took responsibility for its ongoing failure to help families, it’s time Labor realised it has been making life harder for Victorians, and it’s time the Minister got on with the job of providing homes for the growing number of vulnerable Victorians who need them.”

 

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

March-June 2020

% Inc   Total Inc Sept 2014-June 2019 % Inc
Shepparton 600 1294 1328 34 2.63%   728 121.3%
State-wide 34618 44703 45698 995 2.23%   11,080 32%
Total Applicants on Priority Housing Waiting list
Area Sept-2014 March-2020 June-2020 Total Increase

March-June 2020

% Inc   Total Inc Sept 2014-June 2020 % Inc
Shepparton 180 645 666 21 3.26%   486 270%
State-wide 9990 23845 24472 627 2.63%   14482 145%

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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