The Victorian Government has sought the involvement of industry stakeholders for the delivery of affordable social housing at various locations across inner Melbourne.

With sites in Northcote, Brunswick West, Heidelberg West, North Melbourne, Prahran, Clifton Hill and Preston for redevelopment as part of their $185 million Public Housing Renewal Program, the state government is calling for community housing associations, design firms, construction companies and financiers to take part in a Registration of Capability (ROC) process.

The ROC will enable interested stakeholders to identify preferred sites and demonstrate their ability to deliver the renewal projects.

The Public Housing Renewal Program aims to redevelop these sites into mixed tenure neighbourhoods comprising of social, affordable and market housing. 

Observing that most of the public housing stock is old and no longer fit for purpose, Victorian housing, disability and ageing minister Martin Foley said they need to make a move to update and grow stock that will continue to meet tenant needs in the future.

The Public Housing Renewal Program is part of the larger Homes for Victorians strategy, which is providing $2.1 billion for community housing associations to rent, buy and build new homes.