Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) is calling on the Palaszczuk Government to follow Victoria’s lead and inject more money into social housing to change Queenslanders’ lives and lift the economy out of recession.
QCOSS Chief Executive Officer Aimee McVeigh congratulated the Victorian government on its $5.3 billion social housing construction blitz, which will create 12,000 new homes over the next four years.
“This is a game-changer which will have wide-reaching benefits – not just in tackling the homelessness crisis, but in creating jobs and driving the economy out of recession,” Ms McVeigh said.
“We’re urging our government to follow the precedent set by Victoria and change thousands of Queenslanders’ lives for the better by committing to a strong foundation in social housing in the upcoming Budget.
“The government must do more to ensure every Queenslander has a roof over their head and has access to safe, secure, and affordable housing.”
Ms McVeigh has written to the Treasurer and Minister for Housing to formally ask for an increase in social housing funding in the Budget, which is due to be handed down next month.
QCOSS has also called for a $40 million Community Resilience Fund, which would allow community organisations to apply for funding for local projects and sustain community organisations who are struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is about local solutions to local problems and supporting organisations in responding to emerging issues in their own communities,” Ms McVeigh said.
“There is no one-size-fits-all approach. Community sector workers are the experts on what is needed in their communities and need to be financially supported so they can continue to help those in need.”