In an unprecedented move, seven state peak organisations with an interest in housing, homelessness and domestic violence have come together to produce a new vision for social housing in Victoria - Making Social Housing Work, you can download a copy of the report here.
You may have read the article talking about the report in The Age: Victoria has severe shortage of public housing, says report.
The report recommends the development of a whole of government Affordable Housing Strategy to expand the supply, security and quality of low cost social and private housing. Specifically it recommends:
- An investment of $200 million per year for 20 years in new social housing
- Transfer of stock from public housing to community housing to introduce new revenue while maintaining existing stock and current tenants
- Changes to private tenancy laws to make private rental more secure
- Making the National Affordable Housing Agreement work better by including other Commonwealth housing programs in it
- Making the National Rental Affordability Scheme a permanent program as it contributes to the supply of new affordable housing stock
- Reforms to Commonwealth taxes so that the $45 billion in indirect tax assistance each year to investors and home owners contributes to the supply of new dwellings.
Last year, the former Victorian Government released its long awaited Social Housing Framework which focuses on placing public housing on a sustainable footing with emphasis on improving maintenance. We welcome some of the initiatives in this policy, particularly the transfer of up to 12,000 properties to the community sector, but it does not go far enough.
Making Social Housing Work is being launched today with a stakeholder briefing. You can download a copy of our Media Release here. You can join in the conversation on twitter by using the #SocialHousingVic hash-tag and following us @SocialHousingV.