Up to $200,000 is available from SHIP Grants Program to help local government to identify, unlock and create land parcels for new social housing.
Social Housing Investment Planning (SHIP) Grants Program
The Social Housing Investment Planning (SHIP) Grants Program provides funding to local government to increase the supply of land available for social housing projects, and to encourage new and innovative working relationships between local government and community housing providers that will progress future projects.
Social housing provides homes to Victorians in need, and for many it gives them the foundation to stabilise other areas of their lives, and participate in education, work and the community.
Unfortunately, the supply of social housing has not kept up with demand, made worse by decreasing availability of low-cost housing in the private rental market. While community housing providers are helping to increase the supply of social housing, in many cases, their lack of access to finance limits their ability to grow. A healthy social housing system is critical to meeting the housing requirements of all Victorians in need.
While there has been an overall growth in the social housing sector, as a proportion of total housing stock, the share of social housing has fallen.
The Homes for Victorians strategy looks to address this imbalance through initiatives that provide a significant increase in new social housing stock, including the creation of a new $1 billion Social Housing Growth Fund.
A wide variety of proposals will be considered for funding of up to $200,000 for any single Victorian local government area.
Applications should also be able to demonstrate how grant funding will deliver outcomes that assist in developing a pipeline of projects for the Social Housing Growth Fund and/or set the foundations for growing social housing through planning and identification of suitable land parcels.
The types of proposals to be supported under the grants program include:
- Development of municipal social housing plans to help expand social housing levels over the next five years.
- Identifying suitable local government owned land (either vacant or available for redevelopment) for future social housing projects within the next 1 to 5 years. This may include support for feasibility studies, concept planning, stakeholder consultation and technical evaluations.
- Scoping potential social housing development projects with community housing providers and private sector investment. This may include technical and financial evaluations, concept planning or more advanced design work, risk identification and mitigation, business case feasibility, business model development including potential partnership arrangements, and other planning assessments.
Proposals that include affordable housing outcomes in additional to social housing, in order to improve project financial viability, will also be considered.
Priority will be given to proposals that involve:
- collaboration between local government and registered community housing associations and providers
- applicants from areas identified as having a strong unmet demand for social housing or an under-supply of social housing
- planning for projects for people with a disability or mental illness, who are experiencing family violence or homelessness, single parent families, Aboriginal people, young people, and older adults.
Only Victorian local government areas are eligible to apply.
Councils are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposals with a representative of the Housing Assets and Financing Branch of the Department of Health and Human Services before submitting their application by email at [email protected] or on (03) 9096 8542.
Applications close 20 April 2018.
- Program Guidelines