Premier Andrews promises 1000 new public housing units

Labor says it will build 1000 new public housing units to provide homes for up to 1800 homeless people and families fleeing domestic violence, if it is re-elected next month.

Premier Daniel Andrews will pledge on Wednesday to build the new dwellings mostly in Melbourne and Geelong, with some in Ballarat, by 2022 and at a cost of $209 million if Labor is successful at the November 24 state election.

The promised homes are to be fully government built, owned and operated, in a return to the traditional model of providing state-owned housing.

The new building program is separate to Labor’s controversial public-private housing renewal program, which the Premier says is replacing up to 2500 old public housing properties with modern accommodation.

Labor says its new policy is about tackling some of the most acute cases on the state’s lengthy housing waiting lists, women and children fleeing domestic violence and people living on the streets.

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Source: The Age