Welcome to Community Door's information portal about housing and homelessness.

Housing affordability and homelessness are important issues facing disadvantaged Queenslanders. The rate of homelessness in Queensland is significantly higher than in the southern states. In 2012/13 there were 19,831 people experiencing homelessness in this state. Reasons that people find themselves in this situation include accommodation issues, financial difficulties, domestic violence and relationship issues, lack of support, discrimination, mental health and substance abuse issues.

The shortage of affordable private and social housing in Queensland makes it is difficult for low income households to secure affordable housing while meeting the rising cost of essential goods and services.

In this section you will find current news, resources and other information relevant to those working in the housing and homelessness sector.

Grants
The following Brisbane City Council grant programs are now open for applications: Access and Inclusion Community Partnership Program ($2,000 to $50,000, close 7 September) Suburban Crime Prevention Grants ($1,000 to $10,000, close 7 September) Community Development and Capacity Building Grants ($2,...
Hon Curtis Pitt MP
On 17 July the Honourable Curtis Pitt MP, Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, spoke about the state budget and how it will impact on the community service sector at the QCOSS State Budget Breakfast. You can...
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Registrations for the 2015 QCOSS State Conference are now open and the full program is also available. This year the QCOSS conference will be presented in two exciting formats – day one will be a conference day of plenary sessions and concurrent content, while day two will be presented in a series...
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The 2016 Australian of the Year Awards are now open for nomination. Each year our nation celebrates the achievement and contribution of eminent Australians through the Australian of the Year Awards by profiling leading citizens who are role models for us all. They inspire us through their...
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Poverty and hardship affect more than a million Australians. Around the world, more than a billion people are desperately poor. In Anti-Poverty Week all Australians can do something to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship. Anti-Poverty Week was established in Australia as an...
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The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has launched an online hardship portal that has a range of resources to assist people who may be experiencing tough times and finding it hard to pay their phone or internet bills. The portal is designed for financial counsellors as well...
The Closing the Gap report reveals that the Australian Government is on track to achieve only two of its seven goals for improving the lives of Indigenous Australians. The report reveals that in the areas of improving life expectancy, education for Indigenous four-year-olds, reading, writing and...
Centacare Brisbane are hosting some exciting workshops in February and March 2015. FINDING COLLABORATIVE SOLUTIONS TO HOARDING IN BRISBANE Presented by hoarding expert, author & researcher Dr Christiana Bratiotis. You are invited to participate in a unique opportunity to learn about how USA...
The Queensland Youth Housing Coalition is a statewide coalition of organisations and individuals advocating for and with disadvantaged, marginalised and homeless young people and supporting the services that work with them. QYHC has a number of functions: Acts as an information resource for young...
The Queensland Disability Housing Coalition (QDHC) is a Statewide, independent housing organisation advocating for the rights of all people with disability and mental health issues. QDHC works with people with a disability, their families and support networks, to identify issues and concerns...
The Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) administers the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Act 2008 and is responsible to the Minister for Housing and Public Works. It is a self-funding statutory authority, which operates on income generated from interest earned on bonds held. Phone: 1300 366 311...
The Federal Department of Social Services is responsible for housing support. You can read more about their programs, services, benefits and payments at: http://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/housing-and-homelessness
The Department of Housing and Public Works looks after housing and homelessness services in Queensland. There are currently major reforms being delivered by this department, including the Housing 2020 strategy , the Homelessness-to-Housing Strategy 2020 , and the Logan Renewal Initiative. Housing...
Seven local communities in Queensland, in partnership with the Department of Communities and the Queensland Council of Social Service, have developed these Homelessness Community Action Plans to address homelessness. The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments.
The Community Resource Handbooks were launched by Volunteering Queensland on 12 May 2015. They consolidate the knowledge gained through Volunteering Queensland's community leadership work with more than 2,000 community groups over the past fifteen years. The handbooks are aimed at small to medium...
This paper provides an examination of homelessness and housing stress among Australia’s criminal justice population. Using data from the AIC’s Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) program, this study examines the prevalence and nature of homelessness among a sample of police detainees. The...
This report provides selected findings from the first wave of data collection and is the first of several reports on the findings from the Cost of Youth Homelessness in Australia study. It provides a brief account of the depth of problems that homeless young Australians experience. A second report...
As of August 2014, the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services has started releasing a regular Social Investment Reform Communique . The aim of this Communique is to provide updates and information on the Queensland Government's efforts to revitalise services, particularly...
The AIHW Indigenous Observatory is a repository of information on the health and welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. FIND OUT MORE : Indigenous Observatory ; Housing assistance for Indigenous Australians ; Housing circumstances of Indigenous households: tenure and overcrowding...
The Homelessness Community Fundraising Toolkit has been prepared for any organisation or community in Queensland working to address homelessness. Through fundraising, the resources, time and talent of local communities can be leveraged to achieve outcomes for people experiencing homelessness. This...
On 21 December 2008, the former Prime Minister, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP and former Minister for Housing, Tanya Plibersek MP, released the Government's White Paper on Homelessness: The Road Home . The Road Home - Full Report Executive Summary The Road Home sets the strategic agenda for reducing...
The National Rental Affordability Scheme , an Australian Government initiative, financially supported by the Queensland Government, helps to increase the supply of affordable rental dwellings across Australia. Under the scheme, investors will build new affordable housing and rents will be set at...
Community Housing is social housing assistance delivered by community organisations and local governments to eligible individuals and families. Providers of community housing are funded by the Queensland Government. Community housing providers are registered under the Housing Act 2003. They receive...

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The Housing Act 2003 , which commenced on 1 January 2004, allows for the regulation of organisations that are funded by the department to provide housing and housing-related services. You can also download the Housing Regulation 2003 , which is the subordinate legislation that supports the Housing...
Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 , sets out the new tenancy laws for Queensland. The new legislation will ensure the rental market continues to meet the needs of Queenslanders in rental accommodation. This is being achieved by combining the Residential Tenancies Act 1994 and...
There are a range of legal structures which may be suitable for Queensland not-for-profit community groups. The four main options are: an incorporated association: Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (QLD) and Associations Incorporation Regulation 1999 (QLD) a company limited by guarantee:...
Kanat Wano worked for QCOSS in the role of Homelessness Community Action Plan (HCAP) project worker for Mt Isa. Kanat talks about the plan developed for Mt Isa, Sheltering the Isa, and why he is involved with this kind of work. Listen to Kanat on StudioQ
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Jillian Warren, Centre Manager of Picabeen Community Association Inc.

The Queensland State Budget was released last week and has met with a generally positive response from the community service sector.

Jillian Warren from Picabeen Community Association gives her perspective on how the budget measures will affect their clients....

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Care Opinion is an independent, not-for-profit new web site which enables people to post their experiences of local social care services online, and in public (eg aged care, youth and disability care). ...

The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has just released a new cost of living report examining the cost of living pressures across six Queensland regional centres – Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, Mount Isa, Rockhampton and Kingaroy.

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Last week on 17 October 2014 the QCOSS State Conference - Building strength was held at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane.

The program aimed to build on the strengths already existing within Queensland’s strong and resilient community service sector, as well...

Authored by: Helen Styles, Queensland Council of Social Service

Homelessness is a problem too complex to be tackled by only the community services sector and government departments. It needs the combined efforts of the private, public and community sectors because a...

Authored by: Grazia Catalano, Multicultural Policy Officer, QCOSS

The Queensland Government has just released some excellent policy documents on the Cultural Diversity Policy and the Language Services Policy. They include guidelines for using interpreter and translator services and an action plan that Queensland Government departments have to deliver on to implement the Policies.

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