The City of Whittlesea strongly believes that every person has a right to affordable, adequate and appropriate housing to enable their participation and sense of belonging in community life. Unmet housing need is a significant driver of disadvantage and without stable and affordable housing people lack a foundation to improve their life circumstances.
The Victorian State and Federal Governments have recently taken positive steps in the right direction in housing policy. But much more needs to be done to address our national housing affordability crisis and significant shortfall in appropriate social housing. This crisis directly impacts the most vulnerable members of the City of Whittlesea community.
- Commitment 1: State - State-wide planning measures should be adopted that mandate and incentivise Social and Affordable Housing
- Commitment 2: State - All new social housing dwellings should be required to comply with the Liveable Housing Design Guidelines.
- Commitment 3: Take action to break the cycle of homelessness by adequately investing in the housing and homelessness sector to assist people across all the life-stages.
- Commitment 4: Federal - The National Rental Affordability Scheme should be reinstated.