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Tuesday 13 June 2017

New Housing Strategy a ‘golden opportunity’ for not-for-profit and private sector partnership

The state’s peak body for the housing and homelessness sector, Q Shelter, has welcomed the Queensland Government’s new ten-year Housing Strategy.

Q Shelter’s Executive Director, Leone Crayden, praised the state government’s commitment to invest $1.8 billion in developing over 5000 new social and affordable dwellings.

“If you talk to anybody in the housing and homelessness sector, they’ll tell you there just isn’t enough housing for Queenslanders.” Ms Crayden said.

“When you’ve got a woman and her kids living in their car escaping family violence or a young person kicked out of home and on the streets, it’s not good enough to say that there’s nowhere for them to go. We need more housing – it’s as simple as that.”

“This investment into social and affordable housing will start to relieve pressure that is square on the shoulders of our housing and homelessness sector.” Ms Crayden added.

Ms Crayden said that the Housing Strategy’s focus on both industry partnerships and inclusionary requirements for new dwellings on state land was a ‘golden opportunity’ for the state’s not-for-profit and residential development sector.

“We know that 5-25% of new builds on state land must be delivered as social or affordable housing.” Ms Crayden said.

“We believe this is the perfect opportunity for not-for-profit housing providers to partner with experienced developers.”

“Our state’s community housing providers understand the needs of their local communities and are experts in running effective housing services for Queenslanders.” Ms Crayden added.

“The new Housing Strategy will underpin our ongoing work in boosting the growth of community housing providers and a new affordable housing market in Queensland.”

Queensland Shelter Media Contact: Leone Crayden 0437 519 717

Queensland Shelter

Queensland Shelter is the state’s peak body for the housing and homelessness sector.

Founded over thirty years ago, Queensland Shelter is a member-based organisation funded by the Queensland Government.

They work with both the state government and housing and homelessness sector to reform, grow, engage, and build the capacity of the housing and homelessness sector.

 

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