Submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Public Housing Renewal Program

We have contributed to a joint community legal sector submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Public Housing Renewal Program (PHRP).     The submission outlines concerns with how the PHRP is currently formulated, including 

  • inadequate community consultation to date;
  • a 10 per cent increase in public housing stock and limited housing choice is entirely inadequate to meet the growing housing crisis;
  • the proposed increase in one-bedroom dwellings risks displacing families;
  • inappropriate planning tools and process being used;
  • the proposed public private partnership is an unsustainable vehicle for delivering social housing;
  • the need for greater public/private housing mix is a false assumption;
  • any intended transition from public housing to community housing provider managed social housing after the PHRP risks the diminution of tenancy rights;
  • due to the different operational requirements of community housing providers, they are not well-positioned to support higher risk tenancies;
  • the process of relocation endangers security of tenure for returning public housing tenants; and
  • residents are not being adequately informed about available independent legal advice and advocacy services.

The organisations involved in the submission are:

  • Fitzroy Legal Service
  • Inner Melbourne Community Legal
  • Moonee Valley Legal Service
  • Northern Community Legal Centre
  • St Kilda Legal Service
  • Tenants Union of Victoria
  • West Heidelberg Legal Service