Many Moreland residents are experiencing problems with housing affordability. This is an issue across all home tenancy and ownership groups.
Affordable housing is housing, including social housing that is appropriate for the housing needs of very low, low, and moderate income households.
Affordable Housing in Planning Permit Applications and Planning Scheme Amendments
Moreland City Council is committed to increasing the amount of affordable housing in the municipality. Council is working with landowners and developers to secure affordable housing as part of planning permit or rezoning proposals.
When a permit is issued, or land is rezoned, there is an uplift in the value of that land. Recognising the significant demand for Affordable Housing in Moreland and reflecting the new objective in the Planning and Environment Act, we are seeking to share some of that uplift with the community through the provision of Affordable Housing.
To guide planning permit applicants and planning scheme amendment proponents, an Affordable Housing Fact Sheet (PDF 285Kb) has been developed.
Affordable Housing Advisory Service Pilot Program June 2019
The Affordable Housing Advisory Service Pilot Program engaged a consultant to provide advice on affordable housing matters in planning permit and planning scheme amendment processes.
The service is modelled on and operates in the same way as the long running Heritage Advisory Service, operating in most municipalities in Victoria.
The Affordable Housing Advisory Service is a very successful pilot program and there are considerable learnings.
A Home in Moreland provides research about unmet housing need and housing affordability in Moreland. This evidence is used to inform Council's housing decisions and advocacy.
Moreland Affordable Housing Ltd
Moreland City Council has established Moreland Affordable Housing Ltd (MAH), which is a charitable entity to support Council's commitment to increase the provision of affordable housing in the municipality.
See Moreland Affordable Housing Ltd (MAH) for further details.
Affordable Housing Strategy
Moreland Affordable Housing Strategy 2014 - 2018 aims to maximise the supply of affordable housing in Moreland.
Responding to Homelessness
The homeless rate in Moreland was 94 persons per 10,000 of the population in 2016. This rate is well above the metropolitan average of 88.
Direct responsibility for responses to homelessness is through services funded by the Victorian government. For more information see Emergency Housing.
Council is engaged in ongoing advocacy to address the large and growing need for safe and secure housing for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Council has also supported a number of projects and initiatives relating to homelessness in Moreland: