‘Houses for People’ – Greater Shepparton Affordable Housing Strategy

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Affordable Development Outcomes congratulates Greater Shepparton City Council on the approval of their Affordable Housing Strategy and looks forward to seeing positive results from the range of actions endorsed by Council to address this pressing issue.

The Strategy highlights regional Victoria is not immune to affordability issues, with Greater Shepparton facing an alarming homelessness rate of 5.6 homeless persons per 1,000 – the highest in regional Victoria. Affordable Housing need is also highlighted by the 1,041 households on the Social Housing waiting list, 27% of low income households (2,716 households) in housing stress, and a 10% decrease in private rental housing affordability between 2008 and 2018.

Analysis by Affordable Development Outcomes identified an estimated shortfall of at least 1,700 dwellings required to ensure existing very low to low income residents of Greater Shepparton are not homeless or in housing stress.

The Strategy adopts a ‘Housing First’ approach and provides Council and stakeholders with a common framework for focusing advocacy, action and investment on four key elements for Affordable Housing provision: Organisational Capacity, Land, Planning Direction, and Investment.

Key actions Greater Shepparton City Council will now pursue include:
 Establishing an Affordable Housing Reference Group to guide implementation and further strengthen local partnerships and advocacy;
 Strengthening provisions in the Greater Shepparton Planning Scheme to better respond to Affordable Housing opportunities and facilitate private sector participation;
 Undertaking an assessment of Council-owned assets for potential development as Affordable Housing;
 Advocacy for State and Federal funding for housing and infrastructure.

The development of the Strategy was supported by a State Government grant and involved development of a background paper, extensive research on local Affordable Housing need and stakeholder and community engagement.

Contact us to discuss how we can work with your Council to develop a localised Affordable Housing Strategy and Action Plan.

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