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.
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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.
Toowoomba is experiencing “a significant spike” in people seeking help for housing, food, and domestic violence, as wait times for social housing more than doubles in the region. Today, community organisations from across the Darling Downs are meeting at a QCOSS Town Hall event, to discuss the growing and distressing social issues residents are facing.
QCOSS welcomes important social reforms and investment announced in today’s state budget, but says it is extremely disappointed there was no additional funding for one of the state’s biggest issues.
Queensland’s current housing crisis is now affecting a population larger than 96% of the state’s towns. Today, tens of thousands of people don’t have a secure place to live but we can help the people of Nowhere get on the road to somewhere. Nowhere is too big to ignore.
Queensland’s housing crisis is causing a bottleneck for women who have escaped violence, with many stuck at shelters for more than 12 months.
The Gold Coast Homelessness Network (GCHN) has coordinated vaccination clinics to protect some of the most vulnerable members of the community from COVID-19.
QCOSS is an active partner in the Gold Coast Homelessness Network – an incorporated body which facilitates working groups, activities and general collaboration across services.