Public housing queue continues to grow in Loddon region as state government explores partners to grow housing stock

The state government has admitted it’s struggling to keep up with state-wide demand for public housing, as the waiting list in central Victoria continues to grow.

As of June, almost 1500 applications were active on the Victorian housing register waiting list for the Loddon region, which does not list the number of people per application.

The number of applicants has grown by five per cent from the previous quarter, and 15 per cent since June 2017.

The Loddon region, which includes Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Mount Alexander, Macedon Ranges, Bendigo and Loddon shires, has around 3000 public houses.

Minister for Housing Martin Foley said the government was pressing ahead with a new funding model for community housing, which would include new partners from the non-for-profit field and local councils.

“We need to look at how can we bring new partners, new assets into a new form of housing because while we see a record amount of people seeking access to our services we aren’t keeping up with the demand for the provision of those houses people want,” he said.

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Source: Bendigo Advertiser