Jesuit Social Services welcomes the opportunity to put forward our views on the Public Housing Renewal Program to the Victorian Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on Legal and Social Issues.
We appreciate the significant role of public and social housing in providing much needed stability and security for many disadvantaged people in Victoria. We welcome the Victorian Government’s steps towards increasing public housing stock and improving current dwellings. However, we recognise that this increase is inadequate to meet current demand. We therefore call for a further increase in public housing stock and a greater diversification of dwelling types. We make a number of suggestions for exploring and promoting more innovative responses to improving social housing in Victoria.