Community Housing Ltd (CHL) will be providing eight (8) new properties in the City of Casey for women and their children escaping domestic violence as part of the Victorian 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 CHL in Victoria, “There has been a 65% increase in the number of reported cases of family violence in the city of Casey from 2010 – 2014. This much needed funding will provide additional safe, secure and affordable homes for women and their children who have experienced family violence or have become homeless as a result.
The 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.”
Casey has many young families experiencing significant daily economic and social pressures as a result of housing affordability stress, travel to work time, and social isolation. CHL is a trusted provider of affordable housing in the area for the past two decades. And has partnered with Windermere Family 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 12 spot purchase and 6 head lease properties in Latrobe city with a further funding for 11 in East Gippsland in addition to those mentioned above”, adds Shari.