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22
Aug

Lovell says new data shows the State Government is ignoring Shepparton’s homeless problem.

The latest social housing waiting list data released by the Andrews Labor Government reveals that the Government would need to build 80% more social housing properties just to house those people on the current waiting list.

The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell said there are currently 1648 social housing properties in Shepparton, yet there are 1259 applications assessed as being in need of social housing. Each of these applications represent an entire household, meaning the actual number of people is far greater than 1259.

Under the term of the Andrews Labor Government the total number of applications on the social housing waiting list in Shepparton has blown out by 110%, from 600 in September 2014 to 1259 in June 2019.

Of even greater concern is the number of applications on the priority waiting list, which has blown out by 229%, from 180 applications in September 2014 to a massive 593 applications in June 2019.

The priority access list includes some of the most vulnerable in our community; these are people suffering domestic violence, the homeless, disabled and those with special housing needs.

These people have been assessed as having priority status yet the wait for appropriate housing is longer than ever before.

The data for Shepparton is far worse than the State average, which has seen the total social housing waiting list in Victoria increase by nearly 24% and the priority list blow out by a massive 127%, reinforcing the view that the Andrews Labor Government has ignored the problem of homelessness and the need for more social housing.

“The latest social housing data hits home the need for urgent action by the State Government to address homelessness and the lack of social housing in the Shepparton area,” Ms Lovell said.

“The Shepparton electorate remains the number one regional area for homeless persons in Victoria, with 372 local people currently without a roof over their head.”

Ms Lovell said together with the large social housing waiting list, it is obvious more support for our homeless and those seeking housing in Shepparton is badly needed.

“The State Government is happy to brag about building additional social houses in Victoria but have limited their investment in regional Victoria to Geelong and Ballarat despite Shepparton being the regional electorate with the highest number of homeless people,” Ms Lovell said.

“Immediate action is required to help these our most vulnerable people and I call on Daniel Andrews to address the problem as a matter of urgency.”

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

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