Access boosted for Queensland social and affordable housing

From helping 200,000 Queensland families into a private rental, to supporting more than 770 jobs in the construction of affordable housing, the Palaszczuk Government is delivering more affordable housing outcomes in all corners of the state.

Member for Cairns Michael Healy said last year 67 jobs were supported to build and maintain social housing in the Far North.

“The Palaszczuk Government puts a roof over the head of Queensland’s most vulnerable, and we’re increasing the supply of affordable housing in Cairns through our Housing Construction Jobs Program,” he said.

“We are well on the way to exceeding targets set in 2017 with 67 new builds commencing this year, on top of the 3 homes already completed.

“Our investment into more social housing means we were able to help an additional 236 Cairns families into a safe, secure, and sustainable home.”

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the Palaszczuk Government’s Housing Strategy was assisting low-income Queenslanders to access or remain in the private market.

“With the cost of living increasing and wage growth stalling, the Palaszczuk Government has stepped in to support 200,000 families in private rentals across the state,” the Minister said.

“In most cases Queenslanders just want a place of their own to call home, whether they’re planning to rent long term or save up for home ownership.

“That’s why we have provided 1529 bond loans and 450 rental grants to families across Cairns.

“Helping Queensland families maintain their private rental properties allows us to use social housing for other vulnerable Queenslanders who can’t rent or save enough for a variety of reasons.”

Minister de Brenni said the National Partnership for Remote Housing had delivered 1,141 new homes with 1,074 of those in remote and very remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander local government areas over the last 10 years.

“Over 66 Queenslanders were employed in the construction of homes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders, with almost 100 homes constructed last year.

“This is a positive outcome towards closing the gap for First Nations Queenslanders, I’m hopeful that a new pathway can be forged to continue this important work with Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt

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