New Vic Govt development to provide secure housing to over-50s, especially women

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The Victorian Government has launched a new $40 million development in Carlton North, Melbourne, aimed at providing secure affordable housing to people aged over 50 – at least half of whom will be women.

The 62-unit building, located near shops and public transport, will feature an on-site 24-hour concierge and security, as well as support workers, community health and allied health services.

According to Minister for Housing Richard Wynne, the Andrews Government’s $5.3 billion Big Housing Build is Australia’s biggest ever investment in public and community housing.

“Everyone deserves a roof over their head and the security of a place to call home – but for thousands of people, safe and affordable housing is still out of reach.

“Low superannuation balances, disrupted careers and the gender pay gap all contribute to women over 55 being the fastest growing group of people experiencing homelessness – this investment will break that cycle by providing the safety, security and dignity of a home,” he said.

Victorian Specialist Homelessness Services supported more than 10,000 women over 50 in 2020; 40% of these were seeking help with family and domestic violence.

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