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31
Oct

SEYMOUR’S SOCIAL HOUSING WAITING LIST CONTINUES TO SOAR UNDER LABOR

  • ANOTHER 23 FAMILIES JOIN THE WAITING LIST IN SEPTEMBER QUARTER
  • SEYMOUR WAITING LIST UP 71% UNDER LABOR
  • SEYMOUR PRIORITY WAITING LIST UP 190% UNDER LABOR

 

Seymour’s social housing waiting list has risen by 71% in five years under the Andrews Labor Government, soaring from 224 families in September 2014 to 383 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 Seymour continued to increase with another 23 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 Seymour has risen by 159 families (71%). There are now 383 families on the waiting list for social housing in Seymour up from 360 (June 2019) and 224 (Sept 2014).

Of even greater concern was the large increase in priority applicants. There are now 194 families on the waiting list for priority housing in Seymour, a massive increase of 127 families (190%) 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 Seymour 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
Seymour 224 360 383 23 6.39%   159 71%
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
Seymour 67 194 194 0 0%   127 190%
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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