Victoria Minister for Housing Wendy Lovell
Public Housing Waiting List Down Across Victoria
Victor P Taffa
The Number of Victorians Waiting for Public Housing Fell by 5.3 % or by 2,200 applications to 39,012 for the December 2010 Quarter, Housing Minister Wendy Lovell announced today.
The Reduction has been across most of Victoria, with the Eastern Metropolitan Area recording a near 8% Decrease in applications for Public Housing since September 2010.
Further Falls occurred in the North-Western and Southern Metropolitan Areas with declines of 6.5 % and 5.2 % respectively.
The General Waiting List Decreased 7.7 % in the Quarter, yet the early Housing Waiting List increased 2.9 % and is now at 9,333.
Ms. Lovell said there was still an enormous amount of work to be done to tackle the pressure on the public housing waiting list but the Baillieu Government was already delivering on its commitment to help families caught in Labor’s housing affordability crisis.
“One of our immediate concerns was the number of vacant public housing properties.” Ms. Lovell said.
“Our first glance at this list provided us with opportunities to reduce the Number of Vacant Properties by 500, so that the families Labor left languishing on the Public Housing Waiting List can be Housed.” Ms. Lovell said.
“A formal audit is under way to identify further properties that should be available to families, and to assist streamlining the processes to re-tenant.”
“We have adopted a proactive approach to managing applications to assist families into public housing, and are also providing better information about community housing.” Ms. Lovell said.
“We are also providing better information about bond assistance to help families enter the private rental market instead of having them wait years for a roof over their heads, like the previous Government did.”
“The Baillieu Government is delivering on its commitment to assist struggling families, but we have a long way to go to turnaround a decade of Labor’s neglect.” Ms. Lovell said.