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Oct

BENALLA AND WANGARATTA SOCIAL HOUSING WAITING LIST CONTINUES TO SOAR UNDER LABOR

  • ANOTHER 17 FAMILIES JOIN THE WAITING LIST IN SEPTEMBER QUARTER
  • BENALLA & WANGARATTA WAITING LIST UP 62% UNDER LABOR
  • BENALLA & WANGARATTA PRIORITY WAITING LIST UP 211% UNDER LABOR

 

Benalla and Wangaratta’s social housing waiting list has risen by 62% in five years under the Andrews Labor Government, soaring from 458 families in September 2014 to 742 in September 2019, Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell said.

Ms Lovell said new data released by the government revealed the waiting list for social housing in Benalla and Wangaratta continued to increase with another 17 families joining Labor’s lengthening queue for social housing in the September 2019 quarter.

Since the Andrews Government was elected in 2014 the total waiting list for Benalla and Wangaratta has risen by 284 families (62%). There are now 742 families on the waiting list for social housing in Benalla and Wangaratta up from 725 (June 2019) and 458 (Sept 2014).

Of even greater concern was the large increase in priority applicants. There are now 379 families on the waiting list for priority housing in Benalla and Wangaratta, an increase of 31 (8.91%) in the September 2019 quarter and a massive increase of 257 families (211%) since September 2014.

Priority applicants are the most vulnerable Victorians who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, escaping family violence or have a disability or special housing needs.

Ms Lovell said the social housing waiting list continued to rise due to Labor’s incompetence. The state-wide social housing waiting list has blown out by an incredible 9,534 families since September 2014 leaving 44,152 vulnerable Victorian families without access to social housing.

“Even more concerning are the 23,373 vulnerable families on the state-wide priority housing waiting list, which grew by 650 families in the September quarter and by 13,383 (134%) families over the term of this government.

“Labor likes to boast about its election commitment to acquire 1000 additional social housing properties across the state but the reality is that in regional Victoria only Geelong and Ballarat are included in this policy, leaving Benalla and Wangaratta families with little hope of gaining access to a home.

“It’s time Labor took responsibility for its ongoing failure to help families, it’s time Labor realised it has been making life harder for Victorians, and it’s time the Minister got on with the job of providing homes for the growing number of vulnerable Victorians who need them,” Ms Lovell said.

 

Total Applicants on Social Housing Waiting list
Area Sept-2014 June-2019 Sept-2019 Total Increase

June-Sept 2019

% inc   Total

increase 2014-2019

% inc
Benalla and Wangaratta 458 725 742 17 2.34%   284 62%
State-wide 34618 42838 44152 1314 3.07%   9534 28%

 

Total Applicants on Priority Housing Waiting list
Area Sept-2014 June-2019 Sept-2019 Total Increase

June-Sept 2019

% inc   Total

increase 2014-2019

% inc
Benalla and Wangaratta 122 348 379 31 8.91%   257 211%
State-wide 9990 22723 23373 650 2.86%   13383 134%

 

 

Media Contact:  Jason Kelly       0413 103 240    jason.kelly@parliament.vic.gov.au

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