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The Social Housing Growth Fund was established in 2018 to grow new social housing in Victoria.

The fund was developed as a collaboration between government, private and philanthropic sectors and provides an ongoing mechanism for eligible Community Housing Agencies (CHAs) to deliver more social housing for Victorians in need of housing support. This includes adults and children escaping family violence, older women, Aboriginal Victorians, people with disabilities, and those experiencing mental illness. 

The fund is jointly administered by the Minister for Housing and the Treasurer.

In the 2020-21 State Budget, the Victorian Government invested $5.3 billion in social and affordable housing as part of the Big Housing Build. This, then, record-breaking investment included $1.38 billion for the Social Housing Growth Fund to provide grants to the community housing sector to grow the supply of social housing across Victoria. 

Across multiple rounds, the fund aims to deliver investment in new social housing homes to provide long-term housing for Victorians on the Victorian Housing Register.

Current Homes Victoria programs:

  • Build and Operate Program Round 1
  • New Rental Development Program
  • Regional Round
  • Rapid Grants Round.

Upcoming funding rounds:

  • Homes for Aboriginal Victorians Round
  • Mental Health Supported Housing Round
  • Build and Operate Program Round 2.

Regional Round

The Regional Round provides funding for the delivery of new social projects in regional Victoria to be managed by Community Housing Agencies.

Announced in October 2022, the Regional Round includes 46 projects, delivering up to 683 new homes with a government contribution of $219 million and creating close to 2,600 regional jobs. The projects and the number of homes to be built are subject to planning approvals.

Rapid Grants Round

The Rapid Grants Round is the first round of grant funding under the SHGF BHB funding and provides grants to Community Housing Agencies for ‘shovel-ready’ development and construction projects for new social housing.

The Rapid Grants round includes 89 projects, delivering over 2350 homes, with a total cost of over $1 billion and creating more than 9,000 jobs for Victorians. Construction for all projects commenced in 2021.

Region Number of homes Number of jobs created Government Funding ($)
Metro 1,720 7,119 $578 million
Regional 632 1,971 $162 million
Total 2,352 9,090 $740 million

Pre-Big Housing Build initial funding package

Band and Operate Package Round 1

The Build and Operate Program (BOP) focuses on constructing new social and affordable homes.
BOP Round 1 will deliver more than 780 new social housing homes across 24 locations in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

New Rental Development Program

The New Rental Developments Program provides funding to lease new homes from the private sector.

Through the program, 680 rental properties will be leased from the private sector by experienced housing agencies to increase the availability of social housing rental stock and facilitate investment in new social housing for the rental market.

Upcoming grants rounds

Homes for Aboriginal Victorians

Grants to Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations for new social housing located across Victoria.

Mental Health Supported Housing

Grants to community housing agencies to deliver and operate new long-term social housing across Victoria. 

The new homes will be used as supported housing in accordance with the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. The housing and support model has been informed by the outcomes of a co-design project which involved people with a lived experience of mental illness.

Build and Operate Program — Round 2

Homes Victoria has launched the second round of the Social Housing Growth Fund — Build and Operate Program. This will provide funding for community housing organisations to build and operate new social housing developments.