National not for profit housing Provider, Community Housing Ltd will be providing eighteen new properties in the LaTrobe region for women and their children escaping domestic violence as part of the State Government’s $50 million Rapid housing Assistance Fund.
The funding is part of a ‘housing blitz’ announced by the State Government in response to priority recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Family Violence. This initiative includes purchase of 184 social housing properties and up to $1.4 million for head leases for 124 social housing rental properties in priority areas across Victoria.
According to Shari McPhail, State Manager for Victoria, “Out of the 79 LGA’s in Victoria, Latrobe is at the top in the state for police call outs for family violence which goes to show how vulnerable the region is. This much needed funding will provide safe, secure and affordable homes for women and their children who have experienced family violence or have become homeless as a result.
The grant includes purchase of 12 new properties and 6 head lease private rental properties and will be located in close proximity to public transport and schools to ensure the tenants maintain their links to the local services and community.”
With an office in Morwell, CHL is a trusted provider of housing and homelessness service in the City of Latrobe for the past 20 years. And has partnered with Quantum Support Services to provide support and individualised assistance to the tenants.
“These homes will be available by the end of this year. Safe and affordable housing is the key to stabilizing the lives of those most vulnerable specially women and children, from which they can begin to rebuild their lives,” adds Shari.
“Overall CHL has been successful in receiving just under 10% of the Rapid Housing Assistance funding which includes 8 spot purchase properties in the City of Casey and a further funding for 11 head leasing arrangements in East Gippsland in addition to those mentioned above”, adds Shari.