Baptcare to offer affordable housing option in Melbourne’s east

Baptcare Affordable Housing will soon offer an affordable housing option to single people on low incomes in Ringwood.

Eight one bedroom units, which are part of a much larger complex of 195 units, will provide a home to those who find it difficult to manage in the private rental market, helping them feel safe and supported.

Baptcare Head of Housing and Homelessness, Cliff Barclay said this acquisition realises Baptcare's vision of providing housing that is well located and affordable to lower income individuals.

"The housing shortage in Victoria is extreme. Only 7.6% of new lettings in Melbourne are 'affordable' – compared to 30% a decade ago. The chronic lack of affordable rental housing is a leading cause of homelessness," said Mr Barclay.

"Our goal with these units is to improve access to affordable integrated communities for disadvantaged people, as well as offering a space where residents can participate fully in life and live independently, with rent adjusted to tenants' income.

"Baptcare is excited to become part of the Ringwood community, to provide much needed accommodation and help create positive memories for all who reside here.

"These units will help to transform people's lives," said Mr Barclay.

Residents of the units are currently being recruited and will have access to a variety of first class amenities within the development including a yoga room, gymnasium, café, cinema room, large communal kitchen, and shared entertainment spaces all of which can be booked by residents.

The units are located alongside bicycle and walking tracks and within a short distance to Eastland Shopping Centre, Ringwood Square and transport options.