G21 has made a submission to the state government on a 10-year strategy designed to increase access to social and affordable housing in Victoria.
The state government has posed a series of questions about the long-term development of social and affordable housing in Victoria, with the intention of producing a strategic statement that plans beyond the current four-year, $5.3 billion Big Housing Build.
The submission identified four key issues impacting on our region:
- In the G21 region there is under-utilised state-owned land that is highly suitable for development for social or affordable housing. A state-wide approach to making this land available, at no cost, to the community housing sector would contribute significantly to meeting the targets of the Big Housing Build and beyond.
- With major greenfield developments in four of the five G21 municipalities, mandated social and affordable housing targets for private developers are needed.
- In some regional and rural communities there is little experience of social and affordable housing. A state-wide information campaign to communicate and promote the economic and social benefits of safe, secure housing for all would greatly assist councils.
- With all three levels of government, the community housing sector, the philanthropic sector and super funds working together, opportunities for partnership approaches could be created to explore new models of finance in the development industry.
Other issues include:
- state government supporting councils more effectively by sharing data on unmet demand for social and affordable housing.
- developing housing for key and essential workers in areas with employment opportunities.
- provision of wraparound services to support social housing tenants
To read the submission, click here.