Social housing plan to tackle homelessness

Health and Wellbeing Pillar

A draft plan that will address one of the most serious challenges in our region, homelessness and disadvantage, is open for feedback.

The City of Greater Geelong’s Draft Social Housing Plan 2018-2041 paves the way for more social housing in Greater Geelong, to address homelessness and increase living standards for residents on low incomes.

Currently, there are 3,300 social housing residences in the region. More broadly, nearly 11,000 households are living in housing stress.

It’s estimated the region would need 13,500 new social housing dwellings over 21 years, including the replacement of 1,500 existing residences, to keep up with the population boom.

The draft plan involves working with the state and federal governments to increase the supply of social housing by 6,000 dwellings by 2031 and a further 6,000 residences by 2041.

The housing plan recommends a number of actions to be implemented, including:

  • Amending the City of Greater Geelong’s Planning Scheme to require new developments to include social and affordable housing based on identified need
  • Establishing an Affordable Housing Advisory Committee to council
  • Negotiating a Social Housing Agreement with the federal and state governments.

This plan was developed with the help of social housing tenants, community service agencies, housing providers, the industry sector, and attendees of the ‘Let’s Talk about Social Housing Forum’ in June.

A grant from the state government’s Social Housing Investment Planning program funded this strategy.