Rapid response housing projects deliver 239 homes in Victoria
Housing upgrades and construction ramp up under The Andrews Labor Government’s $80 million rapid response housing projects, delivering over 239 new homes across Victoria.
The Government’s investment is bringing shovel ready projects online, ensuring the much-needed new homes are immediately available for Victorians experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
“We’re changing lives with our unprecedented investment in safe and secure housing – not only putting a roof over people’s heads but creating thousands of jobs as we rebuild from coronavirus.” Minister for Housing Richard Wynne said.
The funding includes a $20 million investment to build 74 new social and affordable homes in Werribee.
The 28 one–bedroom and 46 two-bedroom sustainable apartments will provide residents with comfortable and cost-effective homes. These homes are easier to cool in summer and keep warm in winter.
Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the project will not only provide new homes for people in the community but also create jobs and boost local businesses.
The rapid response housing projects are part of the Labor Government’s record investment in social housing, creating thousands of jobs across Victoria. The project, along with similar projects, is set to boost Victoria’s social housing supply by 10 per cent while creating 10,000 jobs per year over the next four years.
Construction of the project will commence in late April, creating 50 new local construction jobs. The project is set to be complete by mid-2022.
Unison, who will manage the homes, has contributed $10 million for the project. Unison has also partnered with Jesuit Social Services, Bolton Clarke’s Homeless Person’s Program and the Wyndham Health Housing and Homelessness (H3) Alliance to ensure the future residents will have the support services they need.
Other projects funded under the rapid response housing program include a $6.5 million autistic student, respite, crisis and permanent residential care hub in Mansfield and $3.5 million for safe and stable housing for young people across Victoria.