Government backs community housing with $1.8M deal

A new partnership agreement between the State Government and the state’s community housing peak body is set to drive more investment in affordable housing across the sector.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni announced the partnership at the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Housing and Homelessness Solutions Conference this morning, and said the $1.8 million investment would give QShelter improved capability to work with community housing organisations to help tackle housing affordability issues in Queensland.

“The community housing sector has a key role to play to help the State Government address homelessness and housing affordability, and the sector needs to unlock its full potential to do this,” Mr de Brenni said.

“I want to invest in innovative ideas that can help transform communities and improve outcomes right along the housing continuum.

“We know government needs to do more – but we can’t do it all on our own.

“This agreement with QShelter will elevate the organisation into a strategic position, and provide the tools to help community housing providers develop proposals the State Government can invest in and other stakeholders can get behind.”

Mr de Brenni said the measures in the agreement included working together to reduce community housing insurance costs by cooperatively finding efficiencies, managing risk and supporting providers to better fulfil contractual obligations.

“In line with Housing Strategy consultation results, we will support and reform community housing to enable growth in affordable housing, and its long-term financial viability,” he said.

“At the same time, we will help to support tenants to move through the housing continuum, and provide well-lit pathways to home ownership.

“Housing creates jobs through the construction phase, but affordable housing also supports ongoing employment. It’s much easier to secure and maintain employment or complete education when you have safe, stable accommodation to live in.”

Q Shelter Executive Director Leone Crayden, said Q Shelter had been supporting Queensland’s community housing and homelessness sector for almost 30 years.

“We are looking forward to new arrangements under this agreement that see the sector and government working together to tackle issues facing Queensland.”

Mr de Brenni said by supporting providers to develop submissions to secure additional investment in the sector, the agreement will help address the growth in demand for affordable housing assistance.

“In short, it will deliver what Queenslanders need in more effective and more efficient ways.”

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