Housing crisis met with funds for Haven; Home, Safe

THE number of beds available for people experiencing a housing crisis in Victoria will rise, following a $27 million investment by the state government.

But Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley has acknowledged there’s more to be done to address the underlying causes.

Central Victoria will benefit from the government’s investment, after Haven; Home, Safe received more than $5 million to buy 15 properties in rural and regional areas.

It was one of eight organisations to receive a share of the $27 million, part of the Accommodation for Homeless program’s second phase.

HHS chairperson Sue Clarke said the charity was looking to buy in regional cities such as Bendigo, Echuca, Mildura and Geelong.

“We really will be looking to target some very vulnerable people and put them straight into some housing,” she said.

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