The $152 million Family Violence Housing Blitz was the Victorian Government’s first down payment to increase housing and homelessness support in Victoria.
Announced in April 2016 it expanded access to services for people in crisis by investing:
- $25 million over two years for accommodation for the homeless – so far McAuley House refuge opened in November 2016 and 52 women have been supported in the 2016/17 year to date.
- $21 million over two years to begin redeveloping existing refuges to the new core and cluster model and to provide 24 hour staffing at up to six refuges
- $16 million in 2016-17 to provide private rental assistance that supports access to private rental – so far Rental assistance funding has been allocated to 13 providers across the 17 DHHS Areas and is beginning to be distributed
- $50 million – rapid housing assistance – for the community housing sector to deliver 184 new social housing properties as a first stage and head leasing for up to 124 dwellings of which 122 properties have been purchased and 45 leased of which 35 have been tenanted
- $40 million over two years to provide flexible tailored responses that meet the individual needs of victims of family violence, including support to stay safe at home