QCOSS welcomes the Queensland Government’s building boost announcement, in particular the $100 million boost for the Works for Tradies housing projects and $10 million for a Seniors’ and Accessibility Renovations Grants program, that will go some way to helping vulnerable Queenslanders.
QCOSS CEO Aimee McVeigh says that the investment constitutes a positive move.
“This investment by the state government is smart – it will stimulate our construction sector and it will benefit those who need it most. We thank Premier Palaszczuk and Minister de Brenni for listening to QCOSS and the community sector in preparing these stimulus projects.
“We are going in the right direction with these investments – building homes for those who are experiencing homelessness or are on the social housing waitlist and renovating homes for our seniors and people with disability will directly benefit communities across Queensland.”
On the $10 million investment in the Seniors’ and Accessibility Renovations Grants program, Ms McVeigh says QCOSS is delighted to see the state government recognise how crucial accessible housing is to people with disability.
“We know from the NDIS and the Queensland Disability Network that housing is a major issue for people with disability. Accessible housing is critical to support people with disability, and as people age, to support them into the future.
“The necessity to isolate in our homes these past few months has brought the issue of accessibility in the home to the fore. These $5,000 grants will mean people can make significant accessibility modifications so they can safely stay in their homes.”
On the $100 million for social housing, Ms McVeigh says any extra investment is very welcome.
“QCOSS has been calling for an increase in social housing investment for many years. It is encouraging to see the state government recognise that social housing provides great benefit to Queensland, especially in times of economic upheaval.
“The increase in funding for social housing construction is welcome, but we must recognise that more must be done. As of September 2019, there were still 21,242 households or 39,513 individuals on Queensland’s social housing waitlist. To provide Queenslanders more secure housing, the State Government needs to commit to a significant increase in social housing investment in its Economic Statement in September.
“Nevertheless, we believe the announcement by the state government today will help Queensland build back better. QCOSS supports the important work done to date and we stand ready to continue working with the government to improve the lives of Queenslanders experiencing vulnerability”, Ms McVeigh says.