More housing support for family violence

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18 April 2016

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Women and children escaping family violence will have more access to a range of housing options with new funding announced by the Victorian Government.

The funding is the result of the Royal Commission into Family Violence recommendations that said that there needs to be more crisis and emergency accommodation as well as financial help for women and children to stay in their own home.The Royal Commission said that there is not enough of the right kind of accommodation for people experiencing family violence, with many being turned away from accommodation.

This funding is the first step in responding to the housing recommendations of the Royal Commission.The $152 million package includes:

Accommodation for the homeless

$25 million over two years. This fund will help construct 180 new units of crisis accommodation and upgrade existing accommodation.

Refuge redevelopment

$21 million over two years to begin redeveloping refuges to a new core and cluster model, and to provide 24 hour staffing at up to six refuges.

Rapid housing assistance

$50 million for 130 new social housing properties as a first stage, and leasing up to a 100 privately owned dwellings.

Private rental assistance

$16 million in 2016-17 for people escaping family violence to access private rental or stay in their own home.

Safe at Home flexible support packages

$40 million over two years to provide flexible, tailored responses that meet the individual needs of people experiencing family violence, including support to stay safe at home. A Family Violence Housing Assistance Implementation Taskforce will be established, as recommended by the Royal Commission, to provide advice to the government on housing solutions for people experiencing family violence.

This funding comes as part of a larger $572 million package by the Victorian Government to quickly implement 65 of the Royal Commission’s recommendations.

Funding for families and children

$168 million also has been allocated in the 2016-17 Victorian Budget for children and family services as part of the initial response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

The Roadmap for Reform: strong families, safe children is designed to ensure all Victorian families are as safe as possible and that vulnerable children are fully supported.

For more information visit the Roadmap for Reform: strong families, safe children website.

How to get help if you are experiencing family violence

If you or someone you know is experiencing housing crisis as the result of family violence, contact the Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre for help. You can also find out about other crisis and emergency accommodation on the HOUSING.vic.gov.au website.
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