Social and seniors housing

Council no longer manages any social housing. Amendments to the Housing Act in 2004 and changes to the Victorian Government's Housing Policy excluded Council from accessing funding to develop new housing. This meant that we were unable to respond to the increased need for housing in the shire.

In June 2013 Council transferred the bulk of its generalist social housing to Community Housing Victoria. Transferring the stock to a housing association means that Community Housing Victoria can access funding to increase the number and quality of housing stock in the shire.

In September 2016 Council established a five-year management with Wintringham Housing Ltd to manage 49 Seniors Housing units in Gisborne, Lancefield and Romsey, previously managed by Gisborne and District Senior Citizens Homes Inc and the Lions Senior Citizens Villages of Lancefield Romsey Inc.

Next steps

Over time, we intend to increase our strategic role in social housing through planning, partnerships and advocacy on behalf of the community for the continued improvement of social housing in the shire.

Find out more: Affordable Housing Policy


Housing Vic

The Housing Vic website has information about housing and housing assistance in Victoria.

If you are homeless or at risk of homelessness, call 1800 825 955 (free 24 hour phone line). 

Sunbury Cobaw Community Health Service

Provide a range of health and community services to people of all ages. Call (03) 5421 1666

Community Housing Victoria Ltd   

Assist people who are homeless or in housing crisis. Call (03) 5434 2800.

Haven Home Safe (Loddon Mallee services)          

Provide a range of housing services. Call (03) 5444 9000.

St Luke’s (Anglicare Vic)   

Assist people to make positive changes in their lives, to be connected and contribute to their communities. Call (03) 5421 2000

Seniors Information Victoria  

Great information for seniors. Call 1300 135 090.

Salvation Army St Kilda Crisis Centre

Available 24 hours, 7 days a week. Offers a wide range of services. Call (03) 9536 7777 or 1800 627 727.

Safe Steps

Available 24 hours, 7 days a week. Service for women and children experiencing violence and abuse from a partner or ex-partner, another family member or someone close to them. Call (03) 9373 0123 or 1800 015 188.


Provide a range of housing services. Call (03) 9034 4824.