Calls continue for social welfare investment in lead up to state election

Ballarat social service organisations have called for both major parties to invest in affordable housing. Uniting Ballarat revealed more than 100 people are currently waiting for public housing in Ballarat.

In October, premier Daniel Andrews and housing minister Martin Foley announced Ballarat would receive a share of 1000 new public houses if a Labor government was re-elected.

Under the Labor government promise, there would be 800 one and two-bedroom homes and 200 three-bedroom homes to be built in Geelong, Ballarat, Darebin, Maribyrnong, Stonnington and Whitehorse council areas by 2022. The exact number of houses planned for each location has not been divulged.

The new units would be aimed at accommodating survivors of family violence and getting people off the streets. But the promise does not meet the need identified by the Council to Homeless Persons, which has been lobbying for 3000 new public housing properties annually for 10 years in Victoria.

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Source: The Courier