Public housing demand

Atherton Gardens, Fitzroy

Atherton Gardens, Fitzroy [Source: Google Maps]

March figures from The Department of Human Services reveal that nearly 40,000 applicants are on the public housing waiting list. The Federal and State Governments will attempt to address demand across Victoria by investing in the following:

  • The Nation Building Social Housing Initiative will build 4,500 new homes for low-income households.
  • The National Rental Affordability Scheme will deliver at least 7,500 new rental homes to be let at 20 per cent below market rents.
  • The State Government is set to acquire more than 3,800 new homes for low-income households in 2010-11 and invest $510 million to deliver 2,350 new public and social housing units.

A related report in The Age focuses on a proposal to provide hundreds of additional homes at three of Melbourne’s largest public housing estates; Atherton Gardens in Fitzroy, Elizabeth Street in Richmond and Malvern Road in Prahran.

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