Continued calls for investment in affordable housing stock amid chronic shortages

A massive government investment in social and affordable housing is needed urgently in 2020, Ballarat welfare organisations say.

The loud calls for increased housing stock come as the priority waiting list for housing in Ballarat continues to grow and services report increased requests for support.

Centacare chief executive Tony Fitzgerald said studies show there was between 50 and 100 people sleeping rough every night in Ballarat.

“The issue still remains that there is a chronic shortage of housing stock at the social and affordable end of the housing market,” he said.

“There has been a few additions but not enough to solve the shortage problem… We just don’t have enough stock for the people who are suffering homelessness.”

Centacare supported more than 598 people/ families during the last financial year to obtain housing or manage their existing accommodation through its advocacy service and crisis and transitional accommodation programs.

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