Stable housing

Investment of $109 million to move homeless Victorians towards stable housing

$109 million

over five years

Homelessness is growing in Victoria, with thousands sleeping in their cars, on friends’ couches or on the street.

The Government’s recently announced investment will help 19,000 people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, including young people, rough sleepers, veterans and people experiencing chronic homelessness over the next 5 years.

The initiatives will provide support including:

  • $10.9 million to support young people leaving out-of-home care, get a job or study, with housing through board payments, housing subsidies and leasing arrangements until they are 21
  • $60.8 million for improvements to support services and additional accommodation through community sector led projects (including the Wyndham H3 project)
  • $32.7 million to better support people to sustain long-term housing and achieve independence, including rapid rehousing for those most in need, and up to 30 units of supported housing for women and children and accommodation for people with severe mental illness in Frankston.

Additionally, the recently expanded Rapid Housing Fund will see 94 properties purchased, and an extra 74 leased, providing stable housing for those who are experiencing homelessness.

H3 project in Wyndham

As part of this package, the Government has announced an investment in the H3 Wyndham Alliance, a partnership of health, housing and homelessness agencies in the western Melbourne area.
The $15 million in funding will be used to purchase or build 20 new properties and lease up to 50 properties to support those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Wyndham. This will include the purchase of up to 12 one-bedroom units for long-term rough sleepers and the construction of up to eight self-contained units for young people, including young parents at risk of homelessness.
Each year, this investment is expected to help more than 1,700 people in the Wyndham area.

Contact

For more information, email socialhousingreform@dhhs.vic.gov.au