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Queensland Shelter has welcomed the renewed funding to the Home Assist Secure program, which provides services that create safer homes for Queenslanders over 60 years or with a disability.
The $18 million funding was announced by Minister for Housing and Public Works, Tim Mander, which will fund the program from 2013-14.
Queensland Shelter Executive Officer, Adrian Pisarski congratulated the State Government for it’s commitment to providing Queenslanders accessible and secure homes. Read more »
National Shelter has welcomed the Federal Budget 2013-14, but claims that measures implemented by the Labor Governments have run their course without future commitment, despite collapsing home ownership, stalled construction and growing housing stress and homelessness.
Chair of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski said that although seniors have been provided a positive opportunity in the budget, that there are crucial gaps in the budget which do not provide for Australians on lower incomes. Read more »
National Shelter supports the National Welfare Rights call to increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance, in conjunction with their recent study outlining its inadequacy.
The new study released today, A home on the range or a home out of range? How Commonwealth Rent Assistance fails low income Australians outlines how rent assistance is failing the ones who need it the most. Read more »
National Shelter has welcomed the Gillard Government’s announcement to build 10,000 new affordable homes under the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS), but calls for NRAS to be a permanent program.
The announcement made today is worth $1 billion over the next 10 years across Australia and is the last of 50,000 NRAS dwellings that will be built by June 2016. Read more »
Queensland Shelter today cautiously welcomed the announcement in parliament by Minister Tim Mander of the plan to outsource tenancy management of the majority of the state's social housing supply by 2020.
The speech by Public Works and Housing Minister, the Hon Tim Mander refers to recommendation 115 of the Commission of Audit report.
Spokesperson Adrian Pisarski said, “The goal is ambitious and must be implemented carefully, with the advice of both tenants and community housing providers to ensure its success.” Read more »
National Shelter has welcomed the new round of ‘shovel-ready’ National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) projects, but calls for long term certainty by providing a pipeline of projects based on NRAS.
The Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Mark Butler, officially opened the new round of NRAS projects today, which are committed to support ready to go projects. Read more »
Queensland Shelter is alarmed by recent RTA data indicating the drastic increase of rental costs in resource regions. Mount Isa, Gladstone, Emerald, Roma and Brisbane took the top spots of the most expensive places to rent in Queensland in the March quarter.
Since the end of 2012, Brisbane rents increased by $50 a week for a 4 bedroom property ($450 to $500). However mining regions rental costs have continued to steadily increase over the past three years. Read more »
National Shelter is urging the NSW Government to reconsider their decision to defund the Welfare Rights Centre in NSW, a crucial service that provides for New South Wales most vulnerable.
NSW Community Services (and previous departments) have funded the state-wide specialist service for 30 years, which assists vulnerable families, young people, people with disabilities, older people and people who are unemployed. Read more »
Queensland Shelter says the Newman Government must develop a plan to help tenants in the private rental market following its decision not to continue funding for Tenant Advice and Advocacy Services.
Queensland Shelter’s Executive Officer, Adrian Pisarski stressed the need for tenancy advice, support and advocacy when tenants are at risk and that it was a vital component of our current system.
“Housing stress in the private rental market is higher in Queensland than any other state,” Mr Pisarski said. Read more »
Housing peak, Queensland Shelter believes that the three strikes policy may be unnecessary and could have poor outcomes for tenants and the housing system.
The policy announcement made today by Minister for Housing and Public Works, Tim Mander is occurring with no consultation with tenants or peak bodies. Read more »