With the Victorian state election around the corner, an alliance of housing and homelessness groups are calling for 3,000 public and community housing options to be built every year for the next decade.
The alliance announced the Whittlesea Declaration on Friday as part of the Everybody’s Home Victorian state election platform, with the the Council to Homeless Persons, (CHP), Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS), and Justice Connect among the declaration signatories.
A petition was also launched with endorsements forwarded to Victorian Parliament.
The group said it would take the equivalent of one new Whittlesea – a region of Melbourne’s outer northern suburbs – of houses each year for the next decade to tackle what they described as an out-of-control social housing waiting list.
CHP CEO Jenny Smith told Pro Bono News this figure put to government was a significant, but not unfathomable ask.
“There’s no possibility of putting a dint in our homelessness crisis without this level of commitment,” Smith said.
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Source: Pro Bono Australia