Planning » Housing


“Make Room” homelessness housing project nears completion

May 22nd, 2024 - Brendan Rees

A new $24.9 million project transforming a City of Melbourne-owned building into a specialist homelessness accommodation in the CBD is close to opening its doors.


“People’s panel” proposes higher tax on vacant properties

March 18th, 2024 - David Schout

A randomly selected group of everyday Melburnians has come together to recommend ways the City of Melbourne can address the “severe shortage” of affordable housing.

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Works begin on 50 new apartments for rough sleepers

November 21st, 2023 - David Schout

The renewal of a vacant Little Bourke St building as part of the “Make Room” project has begun.

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State government flags converting CBD offices into apartments, but criticised for “nonsense” claim

October 25th, 2023 - David Schout

A long-awaited Housing Statement has vowed to explore turning unused commercial space into “around 10,000-12,000 apartments and mixed-use properties”.

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Forty randomly selected locals to make up “people’s panel” on affordable housing

September 20th, 2023 - David Schout

The City of Melbourne says “now is the time” to create an Australian-first community panel on the complex issue of affordable housing.

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Housing crisis prompts council action on short-stays

September 20th, 2023 - Sean Car

The City of Melbourne is the latest Victorian local council looking at doing what it can to mitigate the growing number of short-stay apartments in its municipality in a bid to open the market to more long-term renters in the city.

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“Make Room” homelessness housing project a step closer despite objections

August 23rd, 2023 - David Schout

Plans for 50 studio apartments to house rough sleepers in a six-storey Little Bourke St building are progressing.

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Unison Housing marks major step towards council housing project

June 22nd, 2022 - Brendan Rees

An ambitious project to build a safe accommodation site for the city’s most vulnerable has taken a major step with Unison Housing having signed a lease agreement.  

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Another donation for council housing project

April 27th, 2022 - Kaylah Joelle Baker

The Gandel Foundation is the latest organisation to get behind the City of Melbourne’s Make Room project after contributing a $1 million philanthropic grant towards the $20 million affordable housing initiative.

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Homeless no more

September 23rd, 2021 - CBD News

About 10 months ago, Shane moved to Melbourne’s CBD with nothing but a blanket and a scooter.

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