September 15, 2017

New Life for Public Housing in Heidelberg West

The next stage in the Olympia Housing Initiative is about to reap rewards with tenants about to take up residency in brand new homes.

Member for Ivanhoe, Anthony Carbines said the 17 units on Altona and Kokoda streets Heidelberg West replaced six rundown one-bedroom units that were built in the 1950s.

The new units are all two bedroom, six star energy rated and come complete with solar hot water services. Thirteen of them are fully accessible from street level and the upper floors are serviced by a lift making it easier for those with limited mobility.

The site is centrally located with public transport connecting tenants to Northland and Heidelberg shopping centres, local schools and Austin Hospital.

Since the Housing Initiative began, more than 250 households have moved to new homes that better suit their needs. In the coming year another SO new properties are expected to come on line as part of the project.

As part of the Andrews Labor Government’s broader Homes for Victorians strategy, a record $799 million is being invested in housing and homelessness support and an additional $2.1 billion in financial backing will kick start new forms of social housing investment.

This funding, which includes the Public Housing Renewal Program, will help more than 19,000 Victorians who are in housing crisis – and will deliver more than 6000 social housing properties

The Public Housing Renewal Program includes renewal of Bell-Bardia and Tarakan estates in Heidelberg West. This landmark program will transform the estates from unsafe, unfit units into brand new homes for social housing residents.

There will be up to 170 new public housing dwellings across both sites with construction expected to start towards the end of 2018.

Quotes attributable to Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines

”These homes have been a long time in the making – originally demolished in 2009, it is only now that we have seen them completed and people returning.”

“Part of what makes this exciting is that as their own Estate readies for a refresh, a number of residents from the Tarakan Estate are moving into these new homes and staying within their community.”

“We are looking forward to building new homes for public housing tenants as part of the renewal program better connecting them in housing that is safe and secure.”