Monday 16 November 2020
The Andrews Government’s Big Housing Build will transform the lives of thousands of families across the state and give many Victorian children a better start to life, Anglicare Victoria CEO Paul McDonald said today.
Mr McDonald applauded the government’s recognition of the state-wide need for more safe and secure housing, and the record-breaking program of work will also create jobs and apprenticeships for thousands of Victorians.
“With so many challenges created by COVID-19, it is great to see the government stepping up to get people back to work and look after those less fortunate,” he said.
“We look forward to working with the government to get more clarity regarding the additional family services and other crucial support that will be available to for those in the new housing units to help them get back on their feet.
“A safe home is something many Victorians take for granted. But for anyone who has ever faced an uncertain future on a friend’s couch, in a homeless shelter or on the streets, having a secure roof over your head is something that is forever on your mind.”
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, more than 24,000 Victorians are homeless on any given night. Of these, 39 per cent are under the age of 25.
Mr McDonald said Anglicare’s Rental Affordability Snapshot shows just how challenging it has been for those on low incomes to find appropriate homes for themselves and their families.
“At any given time only a tiny proportion of the rental market has been affordable without putting people into immediate housing stress. With 12,000 new homes available and 10,000 jobs being created, this historic initiative will help to address the urgent need for affordable housing,” he said.
Given the substantial investment from the Victorian government, it would be fantastic to see the Morrison Government respond in kind, which would help even more families on the social housing wait list,” Mr McDonald said.
For an interview or photo opportunity with Anglicare Victoria CEO Paul McDonald, please contact Mark Bretherton, Media and Advocacy Manager at Anglicare Victoria on 0439 806 072 or firstname.lastname@example.org