Ferntree Gully and Cranbourne will soon have a boost in social and community housing, with EACH Housing (EHL) set to develop brand new homes as part of the Homes Victoria Big Housing Build initiative.
Under the Big Housing Build – Homes Victoria has engaged EACH Housing, alongside other not-for-profits in the community housing sector, to provide over $1b of safe, secure and affordable new homes across Victoria for some of our most vulnerable community members.
EACH Housing will prioritise equitable access by drawing 100% of renters from the Victorian Housing Register Priority Listing, including victims of family violence, Aboriginal Victorians, people with mental illness and people with disability. These renters will be supported by EACH and EACH Housing’s parent company, a large health and community services organisation with extensive service provision in the outer east and south east of Melbourne.
Ferntree Gully will welcome an apartment building of fifteen 1-bedroom units; including ten social housing units and five Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) units for people with severe and profound disability. SDA renters will be supported by the NDIS and EACH Housing is keen for early applicants for these SDA tenancies. In Cranbourne’s the building of nineteen social housing units will comprise thirteen 1-bedroom units, as well as six 2-bedroom units.
Peter Ruzyla, EACH and EACH Housing CEO, says that in addition to having secure and affordable housing, tenants need access to health and social support services to really get their lives back on track.
“EACH Housing’s key partner in the provision of tenant support is EACH, a partnership that provides a unique combination of specialist housing services paired with the full health and social services capability of a large and trusted community organisation, with more than forty-five years of experience.
“As a specialist provider, EHL manages housing for people with multiple and complex needs. We are familiar with the tenancy requirements of highly vulnerable people, including people who are at risk of homelessness, as well as those who have experienced long-term and recurring periods of homelessness.
“Consequently, we are committed to high-quality social housing to provide long-term stable and supported housing for priority Housing Register listing applicants.”
The projects aim to alleviate housing stress experienced by welfare recipients as indicated by the state government’s September quarter Rental Report, with the number of new lettings affordable to those on Centrelink incomes for 1 and 2-bedroom dwellings at only 1.3% and 4.6% respectively.
Engagement with both local councils in Knox and Casey has been ongoing to inform the buildings’ design to ensure that they meet council objectives, amenity with the local communities, as well as the needs of future renters.
The works are set to commence early in 2022 and reach completion in early 2023, expecting to welcome residents in April 2023.
Rendered image of Ferntree Gully apartment building
Rendered image of Cranbourne’s social housing