- The project will cost $49.2 million overall
- $21.1 million of that will go to regional Victoria
- 62 homes will be constructed in Seymour, Ballarat West, Drouin, and North Bendigo
Victoria will soon see 162 new supported independent living homes, designed to ensure Victorians living with mental illness have the security and stability of a home.
“Victorians with a mental illness are more likely to experience homelessness and our unprecedented investment in social and affordable housing will change lives.”
Richard Wynne, Minister for Housing
The project totals $49.2 million with Premier Daniel Andrews announcing today that $21.1 million will go to 62 homes across regional Victoria, to be built in Seymour, Ballarat West, Drouin, and North Bendigo.
The remaining 100 supported independent living homes comprise of 84 properties under construction in Pakenham, Mooroopna, Epping and Laverton, and 16 homes that have been completed in Highton.
“Our investments in Geelong are ensuring our most vulnerable community members have they support they need.”
Christine Couzens, Member for Geelong
The homes will provide safe, stable accommodation for people who require support to live independently. Each home will include self-contained kitchens, bathroom and laundry facilities along with a private courtyard or balcony.
Haven Foundation has pitched in $1.2 million as it partners with the project, all of which is part of the Victorian Government’s larger Big Housing Build which promises more than 12,000 new homes across Victoria, while creating an average of 10,000 jobs per year over the next four years.
“Our Big Housing Build is investing $1.25 billion in regional Victoria – including a minimum of $180 million in the greater Geelong area.”
Darren Cheeseman, Member for South Barwon