Building and upgrading new houses

Building more social housing and redeveloping ageing supply

$201 million - redevelopment of public housing estate program

over four years

In order to get more people off waiting lists and into a home, we’re already getting on with building and upgrading new houses across the state.

We are providing a significant investment of $341 million to renew and expand public housing stock, which includes:

  • $185 million for the Public Housing Renewal Program, which will be used to redevelop up to 2,500 public housing dwellings and increase the number of social housing properties by at least 10% across metropolitan and regional sites
  • $120 million to deliver an extra 913 social housing properties
  • $20 million to fund 68 new and redeveloped public housing properties in Preston
  • $16 million in short-term housing for existing tenants while the redevelopments occur.

Public Housing Renewal Program

Stage One of the Public Housing Renewal Program has been announced, and will result in the redevelopment of 1,100 public housing properties across nine sites in metropolitan Melbourne. They are:

  • Brunswick
  • North Melbourne
  • Heidelberg West
  • Clifton Hill
  • Brighton
  • Prahran
  • Hawthorn
  • Northcote
  • Ascot Vale.

Public housing properties will also be upgraded in regional Victoria in the second stage of the public housing renewal program. Prospective sites will be evaluated as appropriate and tenants advised before any public announcement.

Plans for each site will be developed with input from residents, communities and other stakeholders. Proposed land uses, scale and type of new residences and recreational spaces will also be included.

Most public housing properties to be redeveloped are low-rise, typically rundown and have high maintenance costs. They will be replaced with a mix of apartments and townhouses, ensuring future social housing supply better meets the need of tenants.

Existing tenants will be consulted and supported throughout the redevelopment, including being relocated during construction. Consultation will commence early this year to begin the planning process, with work to start in early 2018 on several sites.

Social housing pipeline

$140 million

over four years

Our existing $120 million social housing pipeline will deliver an additional 913 social housing dwellings through:

  • $60 million to increase the number of social housing properties on vacant or under-used land owned by the Director of Housing. The first 52 vacant parcels of land have been identified, creating almost 100 homes
  • $30 million to kick off the first stage of the renewal of the Flemington public housing estate, one of Melbourne’s oldest – with a focus on replacing the estate’s 22 ageing low-rise buildings
  • $24 million to increase the supply of short and long-term housing for homeless people. It will mean the purchase of up to 94 homes and the leasing of 74 properties
  • $5 million for the purchase and upgrade of 50 units in the City Gate Apartments in St Kilda.

In addition, a further $20 million will see 68 public housing properties and new private housing built in Preston. These properties will be built on one of Victoria’s original public housing estates, which was built in the early 1940s. This estate was demolished in 2011 but no works were carried out on the site which has sat vacant for years.

Contact

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