Aimee’s update – 4 September 2020

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In her latest video update, QCOSS CEO Aimee McVeigh talks about the need for smart stimulus in social housing – including our energy efficiency proposal, and our partnership with the Property Council pushing for 53,000 new social and affordable homes.

To find out more about our emPOWER Homes: A Social Homes Energy Support Stimulus proposal, click here.

This week we also joined forces with the Property Council to call for an additional 53,000 social and affordable homes to be built over the next ten years. Check out this Courier Mail article for more.



With the Australian economy now confirmed to be in recession, we need smart stimulus that creates jobs and deals with long-standing social issues.

QCOSS’ Recovery for All Queenslanders plan includes initiatives that will provide support when people are in crisis, create jobs and ensure the community services sector is as strong as it needs to be.

One program included in our plan is increased investment in energy efficiency and solar for social housing  – a move that would quickly generate jobs and drive down power prices.

We’ve joined with Solar Citizens and Queensland Conservation Council this week to launch emPOWER Homes – a 215 million dollar proposal that would see solar panels and energy efficiency upgrades installed on 50,000 social housing dwellings.

We’ve projected this initiative will create 1,800 jobs and save vulnerable Queenslanders up to $1,100 per year on electricity bills – money that could then be spent in local economies.

To read the proposal in full please visit our website.

In support of another initiative outlined in our recovery plan, this week we also joined forces with the Property Council to call for an additional 53,000 new social and affordable homes to be built over the next ten years.

With applications for social housing jumping by more than 7,500 over the past year, we’re very concerned about what will happen once temporary income supports are phased out.

Everyone has a fundamental right to stable, affordable and accessible housing and together we can make sure this right is realised.

Until next week, have a great weekend, take care. See you next time.