Our Queen Victoria Market residential development provides architect-designed, environmentally sustainable social housing homes, delivered through a community housing model that supports residents and builds links with community.
The project is funded through Housing Choices Australia debt, which has been enabled through the Victorian Government's Building Financial Capacity of Housing Agencies low-interest loan program and the Social Housing Growth Fund - Build and Operate Program.
Designed by award-winning architects Six Degrees and Tract Consultants Landscape Architects, the property comprises 49 dwellings across five levels, including NDIS-approved Specialist Disability Accommodation. The building is located within a complex that includes council offices, community spaces, a childcare centre and a retail/commercial space.
Across the road from the Queen Victoria Market, the apartments are close to a range of shops and amenities, public transport, as well as schools and hospitals. Residents are drawn from the Victorian Housing Register. Under the terms of the funding arrangement with the State government, Housing Choices will deliver tenancy and property management services for the building and its residential community, as well as community-building initiatives, for 30 years.
Over 100,000 Australian households currently live in community housing-owned and managed homes. They are from all walks of life - single people, couples, young families, older women, newly arrived Victorians and people living with a disability.
The community housing sector is a long standing and vital component of the Australian housing spectrum, alongside public housing and private housing. ‘Social housing’ is an umbrella term that includes both public housing and community housing. It generally indicates housing that involves some degree of rental subsidy. In Victoria, public housing is managed by Homes Victoria. Community housing is owned or managed by non-government, not-for-profit, registered housing agencies like Housing Choices.
Community housing providers are regulated by the State and hold specialist expertise in property development, property management, tenancy management and community development. We provide safe and secure homes to those who live on low incomes, often living with disability. We are committed under our charter to deliver safe, secure and affordable homes to low-income renters, help residents maintain stable tenancies, and ensure they have access to support services and live in communities that will improve their circumstances and life opportunities.