Daniel Andrews: Prioritise public housing to protect the most vulnerable

Daniel Andrews: Prioritise public housing to protect the most vulnerable

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“Until nine years ago I had never stepped foot on a public housing estate. Then it happened. After two years of being prey to slum lords, couch surfing and occasionally sleeping rough, my then teen-aged son and I found our home.

By our second year in this new environment, we felt safe. The traumas of the previous few years were abating - in large part because we have a stable, permanent home and a sense of community here."

- Clare, a public housing resident at Ascot Vale

But now, the Victorian government is set to deprive thousands of vulnerable families the security that only permanent public housing provides. In their Big Housing Build project, the Andrews government will overwhelmingly build community - not public - housing. Community housing involves higher rent and cherry-picking of residents, which could mean that those who need it the most may be left out.

Please sign this petition to tell the government to take an equitable approach and prioritise public housing in their Big Housing Build.

Part of the $5.3 billion project, which is funded by taxpayer money, will go into the pockets of private developers who will be sold government owned land - land that should be used to house and support marginalised communities.

Victoria has the least amount of public housing per capita in Australia of all states and territories and a rising rate of homelessness. 

Currently there are 110,000 adults and children on Victoria’s Housing Register who are desperate to secure affordable, safe homes. With the current economic uncertainty- the end of the COVID-19 moratorium on evictions, JobSeeker dropping back below poverty level and JobKeeper finishing - this number is only likely to increase.

The Big Housing Build must restore public housing as a key pathway to a fairer society in Victoria.

 

To follow this campaign visit our website: https://www.savepublichousing.com

Check out our analysis of the Big Housing Build here

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