Public Housing is homes owned by the State Government, that are rented out to people with low incomes to have an affordable place to live. Public Housing comes in all shapes and sizes. There are large towers in housing estates, there are also smaller groups of apartments, as well as free standing houses. Homes Victoria (formerly Office of Housing)  manages public housing. There is a variety of housing available for older people, and they will modify houses to suit your needs as you age.

Public Housing is the most secure housing for low income people who can not own their own homes. Rent will always remain at 25% of your income and in case you are asked to leave another home will be provided for you.

There is public housing specifically provided for people 55 years of age and over so it is most likely you can be housed amongst a community of people in your age group.

How do I apply?

To apply for public housing call Home at Last on 1300 735 178. If you are an older person who is eligible for public housing, we can make an application with you, or refer you to another organisation who can. We will ensure you have the best chance of getting a home, according to your individual situation.

When making an application for Public Housing, you can also apply for Community Housing at the same time. You can also apply by yourself by going to

Cost before you move in 2 weeks rent in advance.

25% of your income

Centrelink does not pay Rent Assistance if you live in public housing

  • Receiving an income from Centrelink
  • Have under $31,520 in assets
  • To be eligible for priority public housing you must have less than $13,000 in assets, other-wise the wait list is very long.
Adaptability for changing physical needs/maintenance The Office of Housing will make any changes that are needed to make it easier for you to live there. It has no cost for you.
Location Public Housing is often close to public transport or shops. You can specify two areas where you would like to live ideally that is close to your fami-ly or community. However you don’t get to choose the exact location. You will be given a maximum of two offers of homes as they become available. There is a lack of public housing so you will not always get to choose where you live.
How long can you stay there? As long as you need it
Legal Coverage Residential Tenancies Act

Public housing comes in many forms.

It is generally very good quality housing that is adaptable for older people as they age.

There is specific ‘older persons stock’ so over 55’s are living amongst their peers.

Public housing is often located close to amenities and transport