Data shows few new public housing units despite affordability crisis

Just 118 new apartments were added to Victoria’s pool of public housing last financial year, despite a waiting list topping 82,000 people – including 24,000 children – data from the Department of Health and Human Services shows.

The figures are revealed in an annual departmental report on homelessness. It shows that 96 family units and 22 “older persons” units were created in the public housing sector.

The report also notes that 530 new apartments managed by community housing providers were created in the financial year ending in mid-2017.

The numbers make clear the extent of the crisis in providing enough cheap places for Victoria’s most disadvantaged to live.

Although housing affordability is one of the key issues worrying voters, public and social housing solutions have hardly been a mainstay of the battle between the big parties this election campaign.

“Our major parties are spending more time competing over transport infrastructure than over the most basic of infrastructure needs – a safe, secure home,” said Victorian Public Tenants Association executive officer Mark Feenane.

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Source: The Age