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Council to host social housing forum

06 October 2015

Melbourne's current inability to provide adequate social housing options will be in the spotlight at this week's Future of Inner City Social Housing forum: Options for Local Government.

Held on the eve of World Homelessness Day, the forum is sponsored by Inner Melbourne Action Plan (IMAP), a collaborative partnership between the Cities of Yarra, Maribyrnong, Melbourne, Port Phillip and Stonnington.

Hosted by the City of Yarra, the forum will explore the current housing market, policy environment and the opportunities and barriers to the generation of more social and affordable housing.

Speaking on behalf of the five municipalities, Yarra Mayor Phillip Vlahogiannis said: "Melbourne currently has 55,000 social housing dwellings which is nowhere near enough to accommodate our growing population.

"Having a stable and affordable place to live is fundamental to being able to function as a contributing member of society. Addressing this need in turn helps to address many other problems, particularly for people who find themselves in challenging economic circumstances. This is in everyone's interests."

Well-credentialed key-note speakers will drive robust conversation at the forum, with ABC journalist and The Drum presenter, Steve Cannane, as emcee. The premiere of short film, The Future of Social Housing in the Inner City will also be screened.


For media enquiries, please contact:

Nicole Cirson
Communications & Engagement Advisor
03 905 5144 



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