A word from our CEO
Treasurer Tim Pallas said in his Budget speech earlier today that "2020 has been a cruel year".
Renters who lost their jobs or hours have shouldered great burdens in a tough year for us all. Today's Victorian Budget announcements, with their focus on jobs and housing, offer a framework of hope as the state mounts its recovery into 2021.
As an organisation that has long argued, with other community sector colleagues, for significant social housing spending we embrace the Andrews Government's commitment to build 12,000 new houses over the next four years, including a significant commitment to provide 9300 new social housing homes. Most of this build will comprise community housing but it also includes replacing 1100 old public housing units – a much needed measure in Victoria.
We sincerely hope the Federal Government will come to see the wisdom – and social dividends –in also investing in safe, secure and affordable housing for the post-pandemic world.
- Jennifer Beveridge