Uniting welcomes Victorian social housing reforms.

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February 18, 2022

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Uniting Vic.Tas and Uniting Housing Victoria have welcomed the social housing reforms announced by the Victorian Government.

Uniting Vic.Tas in partnership with Uniting Housing Victoria operate and support more than 870 social housing tenancies across the state.

Uniting Vic.Tas CEO Bronwyn Pike:

“This is courageous and bold leadership, which will allow housing providers like ourselves to provide more housing for the most vulnerable Victorians,” Ms Pike said.

“We believe affordable, safe and secure housing for everybody is an essential human right.

“We know how much of a difference having a home has on every aspect of a person’s life, particularly for people in crisis. This announcement will help us put and keep a roof over the head of many thousands of vulnerable Victorians, right across our state.”

Uniting Vic.Tas General Manager Housing and Property Kristie Looney:

These are groundbreaking reforms which not only ensures funding certainty but will allow us to deliver more housing for the communities and the people most in need,” Ms Looney said.

There’s clear evidence that it’s only after securing safe and permanent housing that people in crisis are able deal with other important needs, such as finding a job or seeking help for mental health issues.

“The savings that will be achieved through the rates exemption will allow providers like ourselves to direct more money into new social housing as well as the maintenance of existing properties.”

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