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Have your say on proposal for local affordable housing for local people

Have your say on proposal for local affordable housing for local people

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

The City of Whittlesea is inviting feedback on a proposal to lease a piece of vacant land in Wollert to a community housing organisation to build much-needed affordable local homes for local people.

The proposal seeks to help address a shortage of affordable housing in the City of Whittlesea.

Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson said research had shown 3800 affordable homes were urgently needed in the municipality.

“We know there is a critical shortage of local homes that are affordable for our residents on low incomes,” she said.

“One in five households in our municipality is classified as having a very low income and one in three households who are renting are experiencing housing stress, which is defined as spending 30 per cent or more of household income on rent.”

Ms Wilson said the situation had been made worse with the pandemic’s impact, which has left many families with significantly reduced incomes.

Others local people in essential jobs such as childcare, health care, aged care, hospitality, retail and delivery services have also reported an increase in housing stress.

“Council is pursuing various options to address the growing need for more affordable housing to be made available locally to support City of Whittlesea residents on low incomes, including opportunities to provide its unused land for this purpose,” she said.

At its meeting on Monday 6 September, Council resolved to seek community feedback on a proposal to lease land at 1F Ashline Street in Wollert to a community housing organisation for a 50-year term.

“We are confident we can secure a partnership with an experienced community housing organisation to ensure a design that fits in well with the local area,” Ms Wilson said.

People can have their say on the proposal to lease the land until 10 October at engage.whittlesea.vic.gov.au

If endorsed to proceed, the community will be able to have input on any future development proposal designs.