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01 October 2019

Data shows Labor ignoring South West Coast’s public housing issues

The latest social housing waiting list data released by the Andrews Labor Government reveals that the Government would need to build 46.3% more social housing properties just to house those people on the current waiting list.

Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell said there are currently 1444 occupied social housing properties in South West Coast, yet there are a further 669 applications assessed as being in need of social housing. Each of these applications represent an entire household, meaning the actual number of people is far greater than 669.

Of greater concern is the number of applications on the priority waiting list, which has blown out by 174% from 131 applications in September 2014 to a massive 359 applications in June 2019.

The priority access list includes some of the most vulnerable in our community; these are people suffering domestic violence, the homeless, disabled and those with special housing needs.

These people have been assessed as having priority status yet the wait for appropriate housing is longer than ever before.

“The data for South West Coast is far worse than the state average, which has seen the total social housing waiting list in Victoria increase by nearly 24% and the priority list blow out by a massive 127%, reinforcing the view that the Andrews Labor Government has ignored the problem of homelessness and the need for more social housing,” Ms Btritnell said.

“The latest social housing data hits home the need for urgent action by the State Government to address homelessness and the lack of social housing in the South West Coast area.

Ms Britnell said together with the large social housing waiting list, it is obvious more support for our homeless and those seeking housing in South West Coast is badly needed.

“The State Government is happy to brag about building additional social houses in Victoria but have limited their investment in regional Victoria to Geelong and Ballarat despite south west coast being amongst the regional electorates with the highest number of homeless people,” she said.

“Immediate action is required to help these our most vulnerable people and I call on Daniel Andrews to address the problem as a matter of urgency.”