New affordable housing to combat homelessness in Norlane

Media Release

FN113/2017

18 July 2017

Joint release with:

Sarah Henderson

Federal Member for Corangamite

Kate Barber

A/g Chief Executive of Baptcare

  • Affordable housing will provide low income families, people with disabilities and older members of the community with a safe home
  • Up to 91 new housing tenants will call the Baptcare Norlane Integrated Community home by year's end
  • Jointly funded by the Coalition Government through the National Stronger Regions Fund and Baptcare Ltd

Norlane locals today marked the opening of the Baptcare Norlane Integrated Community project, with the upgrade set to improve housing affordability in the Geelong region.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Affordable Housing Development in Norlane—the first of four stages in the project—will provide low income families, people with disabilities and older members of the community with safe and affordable housing.

“This new facility is a great investment in Norlane that will make a difference to the lives of many locals,” Minister Nash said.

“I'm proud of this investment in Geelong.”

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson, who was on site to officially open the first of the affordable housing units today, welcomed the much-needed facility in Geelong.

“Combatting homelessness is an important priority for the Coalition Government. We are delighted to partner with Baptcare to provide this much-needed support which will transform lives,” Ms Henderson said.

“The 52 affordable rental houses can accommodate up to 91 people and include purpose built housing for people with disabilities. Twenty of the units have been completed and tenanted with the remainder to be finished by the end of the 2017.”

Baptcare Acting Chief Executive Kate Barber said this development realised Baptcare's vision of providing housing that is well located, of quality build and affordable to lower income households.

“The housing shortage in Victoria is extreme. The State has only 3.4 per cent of social housing—the lowest in Australia. On any given night in Australia 1 in 200 people are homeless. The chronic shortage of affordable rental housing is a leading cause of this homelessness,” Ms Barber said.

“Our goal with these units is to improve access to affordable integrated communities for disadvantaged people, as well as creating a community where residents can participate fully in life and live independently, with rent adjusted to tenants' income.”

The $43.5 million Baptcare Norlane Integrated Community project is being jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($7.25 million) and Baptcare Ltd ($36.25 million).