Public Housing Crisis – A year long wait…

The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Annual Report shows a disastrous upward trend in waiting times for Victoria’s most vulnerable.

The average wait time for priority access applicants being granted public rental housing has blown out by 25 percent, a number that has steadily increased since 2017 from 10 months to over a year.

The lack of attention to the growing numbers of families crying out for a roof over their head demonstrates the blatant disregard that Labor has for vulnerable Victorian families.

Devastatingly for so many victims, the Department’s Report shows that those on the priority access list as a result of family violence are now forced to wait over 11 months before they can access safe housing.

Despite Labor promising in 2018 that they would prioritise women and children fleeing family violence in relation to public housing access, this wait time has also soared by almost 25 percent.

The Andrews Labor Government simply cannot blame the pandemic for longer wait times. This neglect of those in need has been a consistent and growing problem since 2017.

Judge this government by what they do, not what they say. Despite the rhetoric, more families are spending more time on growing public and emergency housing wait lists than ever before.

Ryan Smith MP

Shadow Minister for Housing