Social housing blitz begins

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Benjamin Millar

Millions of dollars will be spent building dozens of new homes across Melton and Moorabool under the first $1 billion worth of allocation of funds to the Big Housing Build.

The state government backed community housing blitz will be spread across Melton South, Sydneham, Bacchus Marsh and Darley.

Melton South will be the site of 12 homes by Centacare Housing Service and eight by Community Housing (Vic) Ltd.

Centacare Housing Service will also build 24 homes in Bacchus Marsh and five in Darley.

Affordable Rentals Victoria will build eight in Sydenham.

Housing Minister Richard Wynne last week said 89 projects in total will deliver 2352 new social homes for Victorians who need them most.

“We’re getting on with delivering our Big Housing Build, giving more people the certainty of a roof over their head and the security of a job,” Mr Wynne said.

More than $1 billion worth of projects will be rolled out this year across 38 local government areas in partnership with 22 community housing agencies.

The $5.3 billion Big Housing Build is delivering more than 12,000 new homes in total over the four year program, boosting Victoria’s social housing supply by 10 per cent.

“More than $1 billion in projects will start this year – delivering new housing and hope to thousands of Victorians,” Mr Wynne said.

“This is so much more than a construction project – it’s a safe place to call home, training and apprenticeship opportunities and thousands of local jobs.”

The homes will be available to people living with mental illness or disability, people escaping family violence, Victoria’s First Peoples and individuals experiencing homelessness.