13.04.2021Delivering Affordable Housing Paper
There is no doubt that there is an undersupply of social and affordable housing across Victoria and Melbourne. As the economic ramifications of COVID-19 continue to play out, with resulting job losses, pay cuts and reduced hours of work, this problem will increase.
A sharp rise in house prices the past 12 months, with Melbourne the 6th most expensive market in the world, exacerbates the issue.
The Committee calls upon the Victorian Government to create a 40-year social and affordable housing strategy, which includes community awareness, data collection, target setting and development of policies that will increase the supply of much needed housing. We also urge consideration of a levy to address the supply gap.
This is a community issue with generational implications.
Read the Committee’s submission to the Victorian Government’s consultation on the development of a 10-yr social and affordable housing strategy below.
ABC Radio, 16 April, “Community leaders suggest levy to tackle housing”
The Age, 14 April, “State urged to impose bushfire style levy to raise funds for more housing”