The number of households in community housing doubled in the decade to 2016–17, a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has found.
The AIHW report, Housing assistance in Australia 2018, found that, whilst public housing provides 80 per cent of social housing, the number of households in community housing has grown by 117 per cent since 2007–08.
The report also found that more than four in five (86 per cent) of community housing dwellings were tenanted by those in greatest need.
A new report commissioned by the Family Violence Housing Assistance Implementation Taskforce has found an additional 1,700 social housing homes are needed each year, for the next 20 years, to maintain social housing at its current 3.5 per cent share of the total homes in Victoria.
‘Double this amount of social housing homes is needed over the next 20 years if lower income households, currently facing housing stress in the private rental market, are to have affordable housing,’ the report states.
The report Victoria’s social housing supply requirements to 2036, was researched by Dr Judy Yates, an Honorary Associate in the School of Economics at the University of Sydney.
A key aim of the research was to quantify the number of additional social housing units needed to house victims of family violence who are currently unable to gain access to and sustain private rental accommodation.
CHFV EO Lesley Dredge welcomed the report, which mirrors research commissioned by CHFV that found 1,800 new homes are needed each year.
‘It’s further proof of the scale of this issue and the need for action,’ Ms Dredge says.
Click here to view the report.
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