Homes For Homeless Victorians During Pandemic And Beyond

28 July 2020
 
You can't stay home if you don't have one.
 
And you can't wash your hands and protect yourself if you don't have access to soap and water.
 
This pandemic has laid bare some of the deepest inequalities in our society – not least the need for secure housing.
 
That's why back in April we made crisis accommodation in vacant hotels available to Victorians experiencing homelessness – so that everyone had somewhere warm to rest and stay safe.
 
And it's why today we announced a $150 million package to support them to move from that temporary solution into long-term housing.
 
We'll cover the lease of more than 1,000 private rental properties, and provide tailored assistance to each tenant – including mental health, drug and alcohol and family violence support services.
 
We're also extending the current accommodation arrangements until April next year while everyone transitions to their new homes.
 
Funding will also be delivered to metropolitan and regional homelessness agencies so that it can be directed exactly where it's needed.
 
This is an opportunity to break the cycle of homelessness – and to provide security and stability to Victorians who desperately need it.
 
Because now, more than ever, everyone needs a safe place to call home.