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Social Housing Growth Fund

The Social Housing Growth Fund was established in 2018 as a partnership approach with the community housing sector to deliver social housing in Victoria.  

The community housing sector offers capabilities that complement government, including design, construction, and tenancy management expertise. 

The Social Housing Growth Fund was developed as a collaboration between government, private and philanthropic sectors. It provides funding to eligible community housing agencies to deliver new social housing for Victorians in need, including adults and children escaping family violence, older women, Aboriginal Victorians, people with disabilities, and those experiencing mental illness. 

Big Housing Build  

In the 2020-21 State Budget, the Victorian Government announced the investment of $5.3 billion towards the development of social and affordable housing. The Big Housing Build investment included $1.38 billion for the Social Housing Growth Fund to grow the supply of social housing across Victoria.

The Social Housing Growth Fund is the joint responsibility of the Minister for Housing and the Treasurer. The Fund is managed by Homes Victoria and the Department of Treasury and Finance.  

Community housing  

Community housing is delivered and managed by not-for-profit organisations that focus on the needs of renters, ensuring they have a new, secure and modern place to call home.

Renters who live in community housing do so under similar rental settings and security as those living in public housing.  

New community housing is designed with easy access for all Victorians, including step-free entrances, balconies and showers that assist those with mobility issues and promote long-term, stable, independent housing for years to come.

Our partnership with the community housing sector is an integral relationship that supports the delivery of social housing in Victoria.

Funding rounds

Across multiple rounds, the Social Housing Growth Fund provides financial support to the community housing sector from the initial 2018 pre-Big Housing Build and current Big Housing Build funding. It aims to deliver long-term housing for Victorians on the Victorian Housing Register. 

 

FundingProjectsHomesCommunity Housing Agencies
$1.38 billion (Big Housing Build) and $1 billion (Pre-BHB)Over 175Over 3,90027

*as of November 2023

Rounds open for proposals

Homes for Aboriginal Victorians

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

Rounds currently under evaluation

Mental Health Supported Housing Round 2

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

Build and Operate Program — Round 2

Funding to community housing organisations to build and operate new social housing developments.