Walker St tenants fear loss of homes amid public housing revamp

NAJAT Rhora has lived in the Walker St public housing estate for nine years.

But she fears her family could lose their home during a planned overhaul of the ageing Northcote estate.

The State Government plans to bulldoze the site, replacing 87 units with 96 mostly one and two-bedroom dwellings.

Housing Minister Martin Foley said he had signed a pledge to allow every family displaced during the works to return to the site.

But Darebin Council argues the maths don’t add up and fears up to 75 people could be left stranded.

Ms Rhora, who was born in Morocco and moved to Melbourne in 2005, said there was a real fear that they could be left without a home.

“We don’t know where we are going to live — my children will lose friendships and be forced to change schools,” she said.

Leader toured Walker St on Wednesday and met with dozens of tenants, all of whom agreed the dilapidated estate needed major repairs.

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