Affordable, accessible housing is central to the achievement of any of Queensland’s social policy goals. Without it, people are highly exposed to a myriad of vulnerabilities and the cost of responding to these issues will continue to escalate. For the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) and our stakeholders, the new housing strategy is one of the most eagerly anticipated reforms this decade. We applaud the Government on its collaborative approach towards getting it right.
As the peak social service organisation in this state, representing over 500 social service organisations, our vision and ultimate goal is to have a Queensland free of poverty and disadvantage. QCOSS has invested significant resources over several years in understanding the needs of people who experience homelessness or are at risk of being inadequately housed. We also engage regularly with young people, community based organisations and local networks which are struggling to address homelessness, and support people to achieve good housing outcomes. We wish to offer Government a range of policy and program options generated through that engagement. These voices are not always heard in government consultation processes but are important voices to listen to, as they have the most at stake in this reform process.
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