What is affordable housing?
Where can I find affordable housing?
Social housing (housing for people on low incomes with rents regulated by government) which includes
- Community housing owned and managed by not for profit organisations (housing providers) and rented to low income households for around 30% of income. There are community housing properties across Victoria.
- Public housing owned and managed by the Victorian Office of Housing. Public housing rents are around 25% of income depending on circumstances. The waiting list for public housing in Victoria is around 40,000 people. However if you are homeless, are escaping domestic violence, have a disability or special housing needs, you may get priority access
- You can apply for social housing online or use a paper application. For more information visit housing.vic.gov.au, or an Office of Housing office, or you can apply through a support agency
- Rooming Houses are privately owned and managed rental accommodation, where residents usually share facilities and have exclusive use only of their room. Standards and prices vary greatly. There is a Public Register of Rooming Houses on the Consumer Affairs Victoria website.
- Private rental housing is usually listed with real estate agencies. Rents are based on location, size and quality, and are rarely affordable in Yarra and across inner Melbourne
Yarra City Council's housing policies
- the Council Plan 2013-2017 which advocates for increased social and affordable housing in Yarra, including a minimum of 5% of apartments designed to be wheelchair accessible and comply with DDA standards. A new Council Plan will be completed in 2017.
- Inner Melbourne Action Plan (IMAP), a collaborative partnership between the Cities of Yarra, Melbourne, Port Phillip, Stonnington and Maribyrnong. The current IMAP 2016-2026 includes a goal of new affordable housing planning controls and targets, including "opt-in" Inclusionary Zoning Amendments to the Victorian Planning Provisions to enable local government to amend planning schemes to establish mandatory inclusionary zoning.