Help for the Homeless
The Victorian Government is providing the biggest ever response to homelessness in the state’s history – putting every Victorian first, particularly when they’re doing it tough.
A $109 million package will help 19,000 people at risk of or experiencing homelessness including young people, rough sleepers, veterans and people experiencing chronic homelessness over the next five years.
- targeted support for more than 1900 people to access housing, mental health, alcohol and drug services.
- support for young people leaving out of home care, get a job or study, by investing $10.1 million to help with housing through board payments, housing subsidies and leasing arrangements until they are 21.
The government is also providing $60 million of improved and new housing including:
- 120 new or developed housing units
- New accommodation with targeted support services in the west of Melbourne
- Rapid Housing for those in need
- 30 unit supported housing for women and children
- Accommodation for people with severe mental illness in Frankston
In addition to the $109 million package, the recently expanded Rapid Housing (Homelessness) Fund will see $24 million invested in purchasing 94 properties and leasing another 79 to provide stable housing for those who are experiencing homelessness.