Building More Social Housing In Melbourne’s East

The Andrews Labor Government is providing safe, secure housing for vulnerable women and their children, including those escaping family violence.

Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz visited community housing agencies in Melbourne’s east and south-east today to announce $6.2 million in Victorian Property Fund(VPF) grants for three social housing projects that will create 97 additional bedrooms.

The funding will support the development of a 20-unit housing complex in Lynbrook ($2.8 million), six detached two and three bedroom houses in Pakenham ($1.33 million), and a four-level 24-unit housing complex in Bayswater ($2.08 million).

Tenancies across all three projects will be made available to women from low-income households, particularly those escaping family violence, including single women and single mothers and their children.

The projects will be delivered by three highly regarded registered housing associations – Community Housing (Vic) Ltd (Lynbrook), Women’s Property Initiatives (Pakenham) and Women’s Housing Limited (Bayswater).

Community agencies have found that vulnerable women face challenges when seeking affordable housing because of the continuing significant demand for safe and affordable accommodation, due to factors such as reduced earning capacity as a result of being a primary carer for children and other relatives.

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Source: Premier VIC