BALLARAT'S social housing crisis is deepening according to the state opposition which claims new figures show a more than 350 per cent jump in priority waiting lists.
But the State Government says $209 million has been committed across the state for more than 1000 new social housing homes.
Ripon Liberal MP Louise Staley said while there were 2503 social housing properties in Ballarat, while another 1845 applications have been assessed.
The Victorian Housing Register confirms there are 1845 applications which have been assessed as of the June 2019 quarter.
"Each of these applications represents an entire household, meaning the actual number of people is far higher than 1845," Ms Staley said.
"Under the Andrews Labor Government, the total number of applications on the social housing waiting list in Ballarat has blown out by 117 per cent, from 850 in September 2014 to 1845 in June 2019.
"Of even more significant concern is the number of applications on the priority waiting list, which has blown out by 362 per cent, from 227 applications in September 2014 to a massive 1049 applications in June 2019."
Ms Staley said Ballarat's data is worse than the state average, something the state government rejects.
"The latest social housing data sheets home the need for urgent action by the State Government to address homelessness and the lack of social housing in the Ballarat area," Ms Staley said.
"The Wendouree electorate remains the number three regional area for homeless persons in Victoria, with 293 local people currently without a roof over their head."
Minister for Housing Richard Wynne said the government had invested in a range of initiatives to address the social housing shortfall right across the state.
"We're renewing the Delacombe precinct in Ballarat, investing in supported modular units in Bacchus Marsh for people who have experienced chronic homelessness and building new public housing properties in Ballarat, with sites already identified," Mr Wynne said.
"As part of the Accommodation for Homeless program, the government has committed $2.1 million for the construction of five two-bedroom townhouses on Uniting Church owned land in Mount Pleasant, and for the provision of support services from local agencies."
He said sites across the state have been identified for 1000 new homes. With the renewing of estates in Ballarat, Bendigo and Benalla.
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