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Safe and stable housing

Honestly, it just made me want to go back to the violence because I knew there was at least a roof over our heads and I had somewhere to feed my son.

— Victim survivor

Without safe, affordable and appropriate housing, victim survivors have to choose between returning to an abusive relationship or becoming homeless.

Our first priority will be to keep women and their children in their homes and to remove the perpetrator. Where this is not possible, we will provide immediate access to suitable housing.

To achieve these goals, we will:

  • expand Safe At Home responses through an expansion of both family violence case management and Flexible Support Packages
  • grow and diversify crisis accommodation so that women and children can access vacancies and make choices about the kind of crisis housing that meets their needs
  • require crisis accommodation providers to improve their capacity to be safe, inclusive and responsive to the diverse needs of communities across Victoria
  • expand housing assistance options to give women and children fast access to stable, long-term housing
  • construct new social housing properties and innovative forms of housing assistance, such as head-leasing in the private market and then sub-leasing to a tenant at a subsidised, affordable rent
  • establish new supported accommodation options for young people who use family violence
  • provide housing assistance to perpetrators where necessary to reduce the risk of reoffending and prevent them from returning to a partner after becoming homeless.

The new Support and Safety Hubs will work with the housing sector to make sure women and children can access safe and stable housing.

Renewing and growing social housing

We are investing $300 million to redevelop public housing and increase the supply of social housing for vulnerable Victorians.

By working with the community housing and private sectors, we will:

  • grow and renew social housing on existing public housing estates
  • build on Director of Housing owned vacant land to increase social housing within private, mixed tenure developments.

$300 million

investment in public housing redevelopment

2800

redeveloped public housing properties

1000

new social housing properties

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