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The Affordable Housing Challenge is an initiative of Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation that encourages landowners to build affordable housing on underutilised land close to amenities.
The Foundation ran the first Challenge in 2017 with local government land partners who could make suitable land available at no cost (by title transfer or 50‑year lease).
2020 Affordable Housing Challenge
Following our first Affordable Housing Challenge, which focused on land owned by local government, the 2020 Affordable Housing Challenge will focus on eligible not‑for‑profits, including faith-based organisations, who wish to use their land holding, including vacant land, strata or redevelopment of existing buildings, to increase the supply of affordable housing in Melbourne. The Challenge is intended to encourage not-for-profits to utilise their existing land holdings and demonstrate a scalable and replicable solution to providing affordable rental housing.
There are two grant types supported by the 2020 Affordable Housing Challenge:
Feasibility grants are for eligible landowners to explore how best to utilise land or existing building to develop affordable housing.
Capital works grant
Capital works grants are for eligible landowners who have already undertaken feasibility surveys and are committed to building affordable housing on existing land.