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Public housing queue growing

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June 07, 2017

Member for Euroa Steph Ryan has raised concerns that an increasing number of Seymour’s most vulnerable people are being forced onto public housing wait lists.

Member for Euroa Steph Ryan has raised concerns that an increasing number of Seymour’s most vulnerable people are being forced onto public housing wait lists.

The latest figures show that in March this year, 219 people were on the social housing applicants register for the Seymour area.

‘‘Having a roof over one’s head and a secure place to live is something many of us take for granted but it’s a basic right too many people in our community aren’t being afforded,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘Of the 219 people waiting for a home, 53 are classified as priority applicants which includes those fleeing family violence, suffering from mental health issues or at risk of homelessness.

‘‘Under Daniel Andrews, the most vulnerable people in our community are being left behind.’’

Ms Ryan said public housing waiting lists had blown out across the state, with 35020 Victorians now waiting for public housing, up from 34000 in December the previous year.

‘‘Roughly a third of those people are in regional Victoria, with some waiting for years for a house to become available,’’ Ms Ryan said.

Ms Ryan said the public housing waiting list reduced by more than 5000 under the previous Liberal-National Coalition Government.

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