Help for the Homeless

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14 November 2016

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. 

Initiatives in the package include:
  • 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. 

These much needed measures will support longer term homelessness reforms being designed and tested through the homeless and housing reform launch sites, Rough Sleeping Response Taskforce and the Family Violence Housing Assistance Implementation Taskforce.

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