Marlene Kairouz MP and Haven CEO Ken Marchingo OA. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

MORE social housing constructed in Bendigo means 28 fewer people will be sleeping rough.

A $2.8 million state government grant will help build 16 units, eight in North Bendigo on Lobb Street and eight on Somerville Street in Flora Hill, available for rent at less than 75 per cent the market rate.

Haven; Home, Safe will contribute the remainder of the funds for the $4.62m project and provide project management.

Social welfare agencies have lamented the lack of affordable rental properties in Bendigo for the most disadvantaged including people on Newstart and disability allowances.

Rent or mortgage costs that exceeds 30 per cent of income is regarded as housing stress.

Rent for the eight properties that will constructed in the latest social housing scheme by Haven will not exceed that percentage.

The eight units to be built in Flora Hill, four one-bedroom and four two-bedroom homes, will have access to support available at Sidney Myer Haven.

The eight units in Lobb Street could be the next step for those who have graduated from Sidney Myer Haven.

“The people who come here will be young people who have come through the homelessness system, most likely who will be coming out of our Sidney Myer Haven project,” Haven chief executive Ken Marchingo said.

“Even if we help someone mitigate their mental health problems, solve the parenting issues, solve the living on low income and all that, they still have to find somewhere to live.”