Dent in housing list but long way to go

PUBLIC housing waiting list figures are down in Broadmeadows, but 2307 people are still in the queue.
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Figures from the June quarter, released by the Department of Human Services last week, show a drop of 63 applicants in the suburb since the quarter ended March.

Department spokesman Brendan Ryan told the Weekly it was not possible to “break down the data” to see if applicants had actually been placed in public housing or whether they had been put on a waiting list in a different suburb.

Tony Clarke, manager of the Glenroy Hub, a housing service that organises transitional and emergency housing in Hume and Moreland, said the fall in applicant numbers was good, but there was still work to be done.

“On the face of it, it’s a good result. It’s good to see a decrease, but our experience is there is still a constant demand at the Glenroy Hub,” he said.

“We’re seeing a lot of people homeless. There’s no decrease in demand whether people are after public, transitional or community housing or private rental.”

He said public housing venue numbers needed to be increased to reduce the number of people waiting for transitional housing.

(Transitional housing is temporary accommodation to get homeless people and families off the streets and into a safe living environment.)

Mr Clarke said the hub, which operates 200 transitional housing properties in Hume and Moreland, had 700 people waiting for transitional housing.

“The focus needs to be more on increasing long-term housing … we’ve got people waiting to go to other community and public housing properties.

“We need to work with people constructively and find them good housing, but it’s that challenge of finding good, affordable options in the area; that’s the issue we’ve got to deal with in a timely manner.”