Cardinia Shire continues to make progress with social and affordable housing

Published: 12 December 2023

Cardinia Shire Council has released a progress report on its Social and Affordable Housing Strategy. 

Council developed a Social and Affordable Housing Strategy in 2018 to help ensure all residents in the Shire have access to safe, affordable and secure housing that meets their needs. 

At its meeting on 11 December, the report card revealed the number of social and affordable dwellings delivered through the strategy was above the initial target, while signalling more work was required to meet community need.

The report card shows Council has: 

  • negotiated with developers to provide 22 new dwellings to community housing providers
  • used surplus Council-owned land to help deliver new homes for older women, children and women experiencing family violence, and 16 independent living units for people with mental health conditions
  • become a signatory to the Regional Local Government Homelessness and Social Housing Charter and contributed to joint advocacy efforts.  

While Council is on track to complete the Action Plan by 2025, there is still a significant shortfall of social and affordable housing to meet community need, as affordable housing is not being delivered at a pace to meet population growth.

Council welcomes the Victorian Government’s commitment to build more social and affordable housing as detailed in its Housing Statement, and will continue to work with community housing providers, developers, philanthropists and other levels of government to increase the supply of social and affordable housing in the Shire.

For more information about social and affordable housing, and to view Council's strategy, visit: 

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