Affordable Housing

Affordable and comfortable independent living with community supports.

Villa Maria Catholic Homes provides affordable and comfortable accommodation in 355 independent living units at 21 locations throughout metropolitan Melbourne and at Bacchus Marsh.

Most units are located close to shopping facilities, public transport and other community amenities and the local parish church.  They include a living room, kitchen, single bedroom and bathroom. There are a small number of two-bedroom units allocated to couples, as well as some self-contained bed-sitters.

All units have been well maintained and include floor coverings and window furnishings, built-in robes and split air conditioning systems.  Some ground floor units have a small garden or enclosed courtyard.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for a unit at Villa Maria Catholic Homes, you are required to:

  • Be over 55 years of age
  • Have documents from a Doctor stating you can live independently
  • Supply a current income statement from Centrelink or proof of other income
  • Be retired or working a maximum of 15 hours per week
  • Have assets below $350,000

As there is no on-site care provided, applicants must be able to manage independently at home, with community supports.

Initial and ongoing costs

In some cases, entry to the units will require a one-off Ingoing Contribution and a monthly rental charge.  The amount of the Ingoing Contribution payable is determined using an Assets Test and applies to all units except the bed-sitters located in Richmond.

Rental charges vary depending on the size and location of the unit and whether or not an Ingoing Contribution has been paid.

Further information: 

Affordable Housing Coordinator
T: (03) 9926 2000

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