Why is Victoria’s social housing blitz not enough?

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Last week, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced a big social housing blitz at a $5.4 billion dollars to build up more than 12,000 homes over the next 4 years.

A new report from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute shows social housing is the best investment the Federal government can do to support jobs and vulnerable Australians. It also shows schemes like JobKeeper and JobSeeker averted a homelessness crisis during the peak of the pandemic.

Experts welcome the move from Victoria, but say it’s not enough to bring up-to-standard housing, and they are asking the Federal government to commit on a national social housing scheme. The last national social housing scheme in Australia was in 2009, committing $5.6 billion dollars in social housing dwellings.

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