Affordable housing

Affordable Housing Action Plan 2019/20

Affordable housing

The lack of supply of affordable housing is continuing to negatively impact  Moreland’s  diverse community. Recent research identifies a need for at least 7,000 new affordable homes by 2036.

The Affordable Housing Action Plan (AHAP) is the successor to the Moreland Affordable Housing Strategy 2014-2018 and responds to a changed and significantly more engaged policy environment at state level. The AHAP was endorsed by Council at its 11 September 2019 meeting.

The objective of the AHAP is to increase the provision of affordable housing in Moreland through policy, advocacy, applied skills and investment. The AHAP defines four areas of activity where Council can be most effective in increasing the supply of affordable housing and sets out actions for 2019/2020 under each area. This Plan will be subject to annual reporting and review, to identify and resource specific actions every year under each of the Focus Areas.

Further Information: or (03) 9240 1111

Affordable Housing Action Plan 2019/20 [PDF] (PDF 3Mb)

Affordable Housing Action Plan 2019/20 [DOC] (Doc 322 Kb) (DOC 368Kb)

AHAP Plan on a Page [PDF] (PDF 476Kb)

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.

Affordable Housing Advisory Service Pilot Program Project Completion and Evaluation Report (PDF 2Mb)

Affordable Housing Advisory Service Pilot Program Project Resources Appendix (PDF 9Mb)

A Home in Moreland

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.

A Home in Moreland on-a-page (PDF 4Mb)

A Home in Moreland eBook (PDF 24Mb)

A Home in Moreland full report (PDF 3Mb)

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.

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:

Preventing Homelessness among Arabic speaking Women in Moreland: Project Final Report November 2017 (PDF 680Kb)

A Community Conversation about Homelessness: Report January 2018 (PDF 1Mb)