The Victorian Government has announced 89 projects that will deliver 2352 social homes, the largest investment allocation announced in the state to date.
Almost $740 million has been invested into community housing, which will create more than 9000 jobs.
The projects, worth more than $1 billion, are located across 38 local government areas and range from a 152-home development in Melbourne to several two-home developments in regional areas.
The investment includes $148 million for housing projects in regional Victoria, delivering 583 new social housing homes across 44 projects creating more than 1800 jobs.
The regional projects are located right across the state, including in the Ballarat, Baw Baw, Benalla, Corangamite, Glenelg, Bendigo, Geelong, Shepparton, Horsham, Latrobe, Mitchell, Moorabool, Southern Grampians, Surf Coast, Warrnambool and Wodonga areas.
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The homes will be available to those in the most need – including people living with mental illness or disability, people escaping family violence, Victoria’s First Peoples and individuals experiencing homelessness.
The projects include 62 new supported independent living homes for Victorians living with mental illness being built across four sites announced in June.
Construction is expected to begin by the end of the year, with the new homes being delivered in partnership with 22 community housing agencies.
“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,” Victorian Housing Minister Richard Wynne said.
“More than $1 billion in projects will start this year – delivering new housing and hope to thousands of Victorians.
“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.”