- Funding boost includes $42M for 16 projects in Melbourne and regional Victoria
- $10M has been boosted to a community residential facility in the Maribyrnong
Despite the lockdown, the Victorian Government has announced a $500 million boost to social housing, which includes turning around those in contact with the justice system.
The boost includes $42 million in funding for 250 bedrooms across 16 projects in Melbourne and regional Victoria, with the completion of these all due by mid-2022.
More than $4.6 million will be spent on new self-contained units built at two Annie North Haven sites in the Greater Bendigo area, providing specialised accommodation for women who are currently transitioning to long-term housing.
EACH Housing rehabilitation facility in the Yarra Ranges area will see a $2.3 million expansion.
Additionally, more than $10 million has been spent at a community residential facility in the Maribyrnong council area, which has welcomed 70 men following releases from prison since the accommodation was opened in June 2020.
Natalie Hutchins, the Minister for Corrections, said providing residents with housing stability and programs supports encourages successful reintegration into the community.
“We know just how important a safe and stable home is when it comes to breaking the cycle of reoffending and getting lives back on track. More roofs over heads means less offending, fewer victims and a safer community,” she said.
“When you’re not worrying about where you’ll sleep, rehabilitation becomes a lot easier. Having a home is the vital first step towards becoming part of the community again – and that’s good for everyone.”