Move to boost region’s Social and Affordable Housing

30 June 2020

An $80,000 seeding grant will help identify ways to increase Social and Affordable Housing available for low-income people within the Geelong region to meet a rapidly growing need.

Homelessness-service-provider data from within the G21 region shows there had been a 10 per cent increase over the four years to 2019 in people needing homeless services generally, with about 5 per cent of homeless people 60 years of age or older.

Geelong-based not for profit affordable housing provider Sirovilla Incorporated has received a $80,000 grant from the Percy Baxter Charitable Trust to engage a project officer for 12 months.

The project officer will engage with a wide range of stakeholders including the existing providers of affordable and social housing across the region to develop a long-term strategy for funding social and affordable housing to reduce housing stress.

The 12-month project will focus its efforts on increasing affordable and social housing availability, including housing for older members of our community.

G21 will host the project officer and provide access to its resources and networks to help develop the regional strategy.

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