Social housing is short and long-term rental housing that is owned and run by the government or not-for-profit agencies.
Social housing is made up of two types of housing, public housing and community housing. It is for people on low incomes who need housing, especially those who have recently experienced homelessness, family violence or have other special needs.
Social housing is generally subsidised for people on low incomes who need housing, especially those who have experienced homelessness, family violence or have other special needs.
You can apply for social housing through the Victorian Housing Register. There are three ways to apply for social housing.
You can apply using an:
- online application
- paper application
- through a support agency
To be eligible for social housing, you should live in Victoria and meet current income and asset limits.
The Victorian Housing Register has two categories:
- Priority Access: In broad terms this might be for people:
- who are homeless and receiving support
- are escaping or have escaped family violence
- with a disability or significant support needs
- who need to move for health reasons.
- Register of Interest: for people who do not meet the Priority Access criteria but are seeking to live in social housing.
You can find out more about the eligibility requirements and how to apply for social housing on our Housing Vic website.