Homelessness

QCOSS recognises the rate of homelessness in Queensland is significantly higher than in the southern states. QCOSS is taking a lead role in advocating for a supportive accommodation strategy to reduce homelessness across the state through bridging the gap between crisis and long term housing. We believe the community sector in Queensland is well placed to assist the Queensland Government to deliver on such a strategy.

Policy Paper QCOSS Housing Position Statement
Published: Aug 2018
QCOSS believes that everyone has a fundamental right to housing. Yet not all Queenslanders have access to stable, affordable and accessible housing.
Housing Policy Review
Published: Apr 2018
The QCOSS Housing Policy Review explores the background context to housing policy, comparing and integrating policy frameworks of government, peak bodies and expert researchers into a QCOSS housing policy framework.
QCOSS Position Statement on Housing (DRAFT)
Published: Mar 2018
Queensland Council of Social Service believe that everyone has a right to shelter and have developed a position statement to support this.
Media Release No increase is acceptable
Published: Mar 2018
More than 5,000 children were without a house on Census night in 2016 says ABS data released today. 2016 census figures released by the ABS today show that homelessness has risen nine per cent in Queensland between 2011 and 2016. “Any increase in homelessness is unacceptable,” said Mark Henley, Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) CEO. “There are more than 21,500 people who are homeless every night in Queensland.
Media Release Housing strategy provides a foundation for solutions
Published: Jun 2017
The Queensland Government Housing Strategy that was released today provides a foundation for solutions to address the growing issues of affordable housing and homelessness. Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) welcomes the Government’s commitment to a ten year outlook and to providing approximately 4,000 new social or affordable dwellings for Queenslanders. We also applaud the introduction of the Housing and Homelessness Research Alliance to support evidence based policy development. Our hope is that this group will be able to establish outcomes for housing and homelessness while focusing attention on what needs to be achieved and benchmarking performance measures.
Report Choice and Control? The experiences of renters in the energy market
Published: Jun 2017
As the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) considers energy market reform and grapples with housing affordability, a new Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) report seeks to highlight the considerable barriers for renters seeking to reduce energy costs and usage. The ‘Choice and Control?’ report finds the combination of climbing energy costs and rapidly changing technology is putting renters at an increasing disadvantage.
Media Release Property and Social Services sectors unite to call for a new direction in housing policy in Queensland
Published: Mar 2017
The Property Council of Australia and the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) have joined forces to call on the Queensland Government to establish an independent Housing Supply Council to monitor and make recommendations on the State’s housing market.
Media Release More must be done
Published: Dec 2016
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) welcomes the Federal Government’s one-year extension of funding for homelessness services through the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH).
Media Release Support to decide homelessness funding now
Published: Nov 2016
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) supports the Queensland Government’s position that the Australian Government needs to commit funding to address homelessness now.

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