We would never accept governments turning children away from schools or hospitals because they hadn’t invested enough in education or healthcare - but this is exactly what is happening with housing.
As of March 2018, more than 82,000 Victorians – including 24,622 children – were stranded on the waiting list for public housing. This is a crisis.
Public Housing In Crisis provides a unique snapshot of how the underfunding of public housing is affecting Melbourne constituents. The report presents the findings of a detailed analysis by the office of Adam Bandt MP of 260 housing complaints from residents of the federal electorate of Melbourne over a 3 year period from 2015-2018.
- On average, people had been on public housing waiting lists for 718 days or just under 2 years at the time that they first approached Adam Bandt’s office
- People who were on an urgent waiting list (including transfers and new tenancies) had already been on that list for an average of 689 days at the time that they first approached us.
- People who were homeless had been on a waiting list for an average of 502 days at the time that they first approached us.
- 60% of people approaching us were waiting on long waiting lists
- 50% of people seeking assistance were currently experiencing homelessness
- 17% of people experiencing homelessness were homeless due to family violence
- 40% of people seeking assistance were pregnant or had children five years or younger
- 64% of people living in public housing stated their housing situation was having a negative impact on their health
- 32% of people living in public housing lived in overcrowded conditions