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Affordable Housing Strategy

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The Affordable Housing Strategy was adopted by the City of Casey at its Council meeting on 15 December, 2020.

Summary 

Importance of affordable and social housing


Affordable housing is ‘housing including social housing that is appropriate for the housing needs of very low, low and moderate income households’, as defined under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

Social housing is ‘public housing and housing owned, controlled or managed by a participating registered agency’, as defined under the Housing Act 1983.

Social housing is for people in our community with low incomes who need housing. Social housing tenants are often supported by other services to help them get back on their feet or improve their quality of life. Similar to other types of rental properties, tenants pay rent, although it is set at a rate they can afford to pay.

Social housing supports community members in need to be able to access housing. This is critical within the City of Casey as the population has a diverse range of needs.

    Affordable housing shortfall

    Research on the need for affordable housing has demonstrated an existing shortfall of more than 5,500 affordable houses. Without efforts to address this, by 2041 this shortfall is forecast to grow to 10,200 affordable houses. 

    This shortfall affects an increasing number of very low and moderate income and vulnerable residents who do not have access to affordable housing appropriate for their income level. The Affordable Housing Strategy has been prepared by Council in response to this research.

    Strategy

    Purpose

    The Strategy outlines Council's policy position and role in advocating, partnering and facilitating affordable housing in Casey.

    The purpose of the Strategy is to:

    • establish and detail Council’s roles in increasing the supply of affordable housing,
    • guide the planning of future affordable housing, and,
    • inform an action plan that guides and monitors Council’s implementation of the Strategy.

    Access to appropriate and secure housing is a necessity and a basic requirement for everyone in the community under the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986, Victorian Equal Opportunity Act 2010 and the Human Rights Commission; but also an essential infrastructure of ensuring a safe, accessible and thriving community.

    To increase the supply of affordable housing in the City of Casey, Council identified three strategic principles in this Strategy:

    The three strategic principles are implemented through actions, which consider homelessness, affordable housing investment, policy and legislative change, awareness-raising, and data and research capacity building.

    What Council is doing 

    Council is actively working to address the shortfall of affordable housing in Casey. Our current actions include:

    Advocating

    Victorian 10-Year Social and Affordable Housing Strategy

    A submission was made on behalf of Council to ensure this strategy places people at the centre and improves outcomes for all Victorians who need housing support, we also undertook targeted engagement with people who live in or need social housing.

     If you would like to read a summary of the submissions,  Homes Victoria have just published three consultation reports on their website.

    National Housing and Homelessness Plan

    Please refer to the Casey National Housing and Homelessness Plan submission.

    Partnering

    Regional Local Government Homelessness and Social Housing Charter

    The Regional Local Government Homelessness and Social Housing Charter was adopted by Council at its 21 July 2020 meeting.

    The Charter is a commitment by 13 Councils to cooperate regionally and address the urgent need for increased social housing and a more effective, integrated and supported homelessness service system.

    Further information about the Charter and its activities on the Charter website managed by Monash City Council.

     

    Facilitating

    Planning Permit Applications and Planning Scheme Amendments

    Council is committed to increasing the supply of affordable housing in the municipality. Council is working with landowners and developers to secure affordable housing as part of planning permit or rezoning proposals.

    When a permit is issued, or land is rezoned, there is an uplift in the value of that land. Recognising the significant demand for affordable housing in Casey and reflecting the new objective in the Planning and Environment Act 1987, we are seeking to share some of that uplift with the community through the provision of affordable housing.

    To guide planning permit applicants and planning scheme amendment proponents, the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and the Community Housing Industry Association Victoria (CHIA Vic) have developed a suite of resources to negotiate Affordable Housing Agreements (AHAs), as follows:

    Further information can be found on MAV’s website.

      Enquiries

      Contact via emailing [email protected].

      Resources

      For housing support, please contact Launch Housing Dandenong (free call, 24 hours) on 1800 825 955.

      For information on applying for social housing, public housing tenants and help with private renting, visit Housing Victoria or the Victorian Housing Register.

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