The City of Whittlesea strongly believes that every person has a right to affordable, adequate and appropriate housing to enable their participation and sense of belonging in community life. Unmet housing need is a significant driver of disadvantage and without stable and affordable housing people lack a foundation to improve their life circumstances.
The Victorian State and Federal Governments have recently taken positive steps in the right direction in housing policy. But much more needs to be done to address our national housing affordability crisis and significant shortfall in appropriate social housing. This crisis directly impacts the most vulnerable members of the City of Whittlesea community.
COMMITMENT 1: State-wide planning measures should be adopted that mandate and provide incentives for affordable housing.
COMMITMENT 2: Take action to break the cycle of homelessness by providing a housing and homelessness access point and outreach service in the City of Whittlesea – approximately $600,000 p/a.
COMMITMENT 3: Provide youth crisis accommodation and youth housing services in the municipality. For example, fund the Hope Street First Response Youth Service in South Morang ($4.8M capital) and provide ongoing operational funding from the Specialist Homelessness Services Fund ($2.3M p/a).
COMMITMENT 4: Invest in all types of affordable housing in the City of Whittlesea from crisis accommodation to affordable home ownership, and commit to using surplus State-owned land for affordable housing in our municipality, for example:
323 McDonalds Road, Epping and
995 Plenty Road, South Morang.
COMMITMENT 5: Require all new affordable housing to comply with the Livable Housing Design Guidelines. Affordable housing should be quality built dwellings, appropriate for people of all life-stages and abilities.
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