Growing Number of Victorians ‘Evicted into Homelessness’

The Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) noted figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), which showed that 43,751 people presented at Victorian homelessness services due to eviction last financial year.

In 2011-2012, that figure was only 17,930 people.

Meanwhile, the mid-year state budget forecast revealed that the Victorian government expects to collect $6.57 billion in stamp duty over 2017-18, compared to $3.3 billion in 2011-2012.

In its state budget submission, CHP called for stamp duty revenue to be used to build more social housing for those affected by the “housing crisis”.

CHP CEO Jenny Smith told Pro Bono News this rise in evictions was due to a lack of affordable housing and rising rent prices.

“We have a housing affordability crisis and so we know people on the lowest incomes are really struggling to get into the market,” Smith said.

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