Affordable Housing Strategy adopted - June 2022

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This Affordable Housing Strategy supports the Wyndham 2040 vision – “Our city will offer a diverse range of housing types and built environments that contribute to the quality of life of residents at all ages”.

Council firmly believes that low income and wealth should not be barriers to anyone living or wanting to live in Wyndham. We want everyone to enjoy secure housing and to be able to contribute to Wyndham’s future.

Our affordable housing vision is for “a safe, connected and inclusive community with affordable, appropriate quality housing to meet the community’s diverse and changing needs”.

This Strategy brings together over two years of collective effort, listening to our community and stakeholders, and looking at the evidence to better understand Wyndham’s social and affordable housing needs going forwards.

Levels of the need for affordable housing in Wyndham

Affordable Housing FAQs

Affordable Housing is defined as ‘housing, including Social Housing, that is appropriate for the housing needs of very low, low and moderate-income households. Maximum income ranges for these household groups are published by the State Government for Greater Melbourne and ‘Rest of State’ (regional Victoria).

Affordable Housing should be priced (whether mortgage repayments or rent) so these households are able to meet their other essential basic living costs (generally no more than 30 per cent of income) and be ‘Appropriate’ for the household’s needs.

Affordable housing includes:

  • Social Housing (Public and Community Housing)

Social Housing includes Public Housing (owned and managed by the Director of Housing); and housing owned, controlled or managed by a participating registered agency (registered as a Housing Association or a Housing Provider) where the dwelling will be allocated to a household that meets the State Government published Social Housing income and asset eligibility requirements.

  • Indigenous Community Housing

Social Housing that is specifically designed for, managed by and provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households.

  • Affordable Rental Housing

Affordable Rental Housing refers to housing that is rented at an affordable price and allocated to households that meet the Planning and Environment Act 1987 Affordable Housing income eligibility requirements published by Governor in Council Order.

  • Affordable Home Purchase

Affordable Home Purchase involves the sale of a dwelling at the established market price for that dwelling to a low or moderate income household that meets the Affordable Housing income eligibility requirements where the market price is demonstrated to be affordable for that household without a discount.

  • Shared Equity Home Ownership

Shared Equity Home Ownership is where a household that has some (limited) capacity to borrow funds is supported to purchase a dwelling through a structured home purchase arrangement, where the difference between the purchaser’s financial capacity and the market value of the dwelling is only required to be repaid on future sale or refinancing, with the funds then re-applied in future shared equity arrangements.

People are at the centre of everything that we do. Our aim is to address the housing needs of populations identified as vulnerable including the following groups:

  • Key workers, our teachers, nurses, community support workers, ambulance and emergency officers, hospitality and retail staff, essential to our city’s functioning but whose earnings are low to moderate;
  • First Nations families, many of whom live in intergenerational households and may face overcrowding.
  • Young people who are our future and need support. Over a third of Australians experiencing homelessness today are young people, and the pandemic has only made matters worse.
  • Our elder community, especially older women who are the fastest growing group experiencing homelessness in Australia. Being single, widowed or divorced are dominant factors in increasing the likely risk of homelessness.
    • Older women have experienced lifetimes of lower wages, longer periods without paid employment, accumulated less superannuation as a result and have lower rates of homeownership than their male counterparts. They are being failed by a retirement system predicated on home ownership.
  • People living with a disability and those with complex needs who represent a broad diversity of age and ethnicity. This group can flourish with supported housing.

Affordable housing is primarily located in areas with good access to infrastructure and services - approx. 800m to public transport and/or an activity centre.

The following is taken into account when identifying affordable housing locations:

  • Councils urban planning aims, include encouraging urban consolidation, dwelling diversity and affordability.
  • Prioritise locations for affordable housing in established urban areas, close to public transport, education and employment opportunities within activity centres, with a preference for affordable housing located within a town centre catchment.
  • Prioritise government or authority owned land as a priority for affordable housing reflecting the greater capacity of the State to facilitate outcomes.

How to get involved

Have your say on Wyndham's Affordable Housing Strategy by completing the survey below. We recommend you read the strategy or summary document before providing your feedback.

Feedback closes at 11.59PM Thursday 21 April 2022.

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What has happened so far?

2019 consultation to inform the draft strategy

In 2019 we asked you for your views on safe, secure and affordable housing options for our community. Wyndham City is undertaking a project to explore and understand the issue of Affordable Housing need in our community and to consider how we might facilitate the delivery of new Affordable Housing opportunities as part of our vision to support a sustainable and diverse community.

What is “affordable housing”?

The Victorian Government defines affordable housing as:

"Housing that is appropriate for the housing needs of very low, low and moderate-income households."

Affordable Housing refers to housing that is available for rent or purchase to lower to moderate income households at price (whether mortgage repayments or rent) that ensures the household can also meet other essential basic living costs.

There are many types of Affordable Housing ranging from specialised supported accommodation to long-term community or public housing, other forms of private affordable rental housing and specific affordable home ownership programs.