Today’s Housing Summit Outcomes Report delivers short term relief for Queenslanders living through the state’s housing crisis, says the state’s peak community service body. But the 45,958 people waiting on Queensland’s social housing register need houses built immediately, QCOSS CEO Aimee McVeigh says.
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Women and children being physically assaulted, families sleeping in cars, and elderly people couch surfing because they have nowhere to go must remain the focus of this week’s Housing Summit.
Queenslanders are being forced into homelessness and poverty by a Federal Government decision to continue a national rental scheme phase out, with Queensland hit the hardest.
Vital community services that have helped Queenslanders through the housing crisis, natural disasters and with soaring costs of living, have secured a $50 million funding increase.
QCOSS welcomes the announcement of a Housing Summit this morning (Tuesday, 13 September) and is calling on the State Government to ensure every Queenslander has a home by 2032.
More than 25,000 Queenslanders have backed a powerful coalition of legal and community services across the state calling for the age of criminal responsibility to be raised.
Gympie’s housing crisis has reached an unprecedented and heartbreaking level, with about 70 residents per month seeking help for homelessness at just one service, and domestic violence victims trapped with nowhere to go.
Queenslanders need social housing to be built, not just “commenced” by the Queensland Government. They also need a comprehensive plan for the more than 50,000 Queenslanders waiting for a home.
Tents have been sent to house families on the Atherton Tablelands, while almost 4,000 people faced homelessness in Cairns last year. Today, QCOSS will meet with community services across Cairns and Far North Queensland to discuss the social issues most affecting residents, including the housing crisis.
Governments are failing to address Central Queensland’s housing crisis, despite more than 1,000 Rockhampton residents seeking support for homelessness in a year. Today, QCOSS will be in Rockhampton to meet with community services from across the Central Queensland region to discuss the social issues most affecting residents.