Women and children fleeing family violence will have a safe place to call home with 20 affordable units being built in Newport, funded by the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz was joined today by Members for Western Metropolitan Cesar Melhem and Khalil Eideh to turn the first sod marking the start of construction on the apartments.

Nine one-bedroom and eleven two-bedroom homes will provide low cost housing for women aged over 55 and give tenants easy access to public transport, schools, shops, healthcare providers and job opportunities.

The project is funded by a $5.5 million grant from the Victorian Property Fund (Property Fund) for Women’s Housing Limited to build the new homes.

All tenants for this new development will come from the public housing waiting list and rent will be set at a maximum of 75 per cent of market price, or 30 per cent of a household’s income.

The Property Fund invests in quality, affordable accommodation and is maintained by licensing fees and fines paid by estate agents and conveyancers, and is used to finance community-led property projects across Victoria.