Housing occupation. People from the Homeless Persons Union have been occupying vacant properties in Bendigo St, Collingwood since March 30. The protesters are occupying houses that were compulsorily acquired to make way for the East West Link. After the East West Link was cancelled, the ALP state government said that some would be used for social housing but the majority are vacant waiting to be sold. The protesters have highlighted that there are 80,000 vacant houses in Victoria, 350,000 people on the public housing waiting list and 25,000 homeless. The protesters are calling for more public housing. Please visit.