Emerald Street units saved for community housing for elderly (5.06.2014)

Written on the 5 June 2014

• Victorian Coalition Government allocates $2.3 million to help save South Melbourne units

• Coalition Government partners with Southport Community Housing Group

• Coalition Government supporting vulnerable elderly people in South Melbourne


A $2.3 million investment by the Victorian Coalition Government will ensure the South Melbourne area will retain much needed affordable housing for elderly people, Minister for Housing Wendy Lovell announced today.

The Victorian Coalition Government made the money available to help Southport Community Housing Group, a local not-for-profit housing agency purchase 31 one-bedroom units in Emerald Street, South Melbourne. Southport Community Housing Group contributed the remaining $2.7 million to purchase the property.

Minister Lovell said the funding was subject to a number of conditions, including a satisfactory property condition report.

“The Coalition Government is committed to supporting Victoria’s most vulnerable people and I’m really pleased that we’re able to make this investment and provide community housing for elderly people in South Melbourne,” Ms Lovell said.

I’d like particularly to acknowledge both Members’ for the Southern Metropolitan Region Georgie Crozier and Andrea Coote for their tireless efforts in advocating for the future of the Emerald St units.

“We have worked closely with Southport Community Housing Group to make this happen and I want to acknowledge their commitment to supporting vulnerable residents in South Melbourne”.

“It’s a wonderful illustration of what can happen when the state government works in partnership with the community sector to achieve positive housing outcomes.”

The Emerald Street units were built in the late 1960s/early 1970s and currently provide affordable accommodation for 31 elderly vulnerable people.

The building’s current owner had planned to sell the building, which would have led to the eviction of the elderly tenants who had lived there for a number of years, when the Southport Community Housing Group stepped in with a plan to purchase the units and continue their use as affordable housing.

The property will be owned, maintained and managed by Southport Community Housing Group.

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