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.

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Queensland Government Media Release Homelessness in Logan goes mobile with Dignity First Logan people experiencing homelessness will be better connected to family, friends and support services with YFS today named as a recipient of the Palaszczuk Government’s Dignity First Fund. Minister for...
ACCAN and Infoxchange have come together to produce a report focusing on the more than 427,000 dwellings (about 5 per cent of housing stock) in Australia which fall into the category of social housing – housing provided by the government and community sectors to accommodate people in the lowest...
Not-for-profit Law has updated its guide to 'The laws of advertising and your community organisation'. The resource provides practical tips to help organisations comply with the laws of advertising and marketing in Australia. Importantly, these laws apply to many fundraising activities of charities...
VAKS is a voluntary network of community organisations and groups who offer sustenance via Vans and Kitchens. Often known as 'soup kitchens', Vans and Kitchens are places where food and drink is offered to the homeless and disadvantaged for free or at a reasonably low price. Commonly run by church...
Coinciding with Anti-Poverty Week last week, the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) released ‘Poverty in Australia Report 2016’ . The report, produced in partnership with the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of NSW, shows that 731,300 children or 17.4 per cent of all...
Treasurer Curtis Pitt has outlined three shortlisted proponents seeking to deliver innovative services under the state government’s Social Benefit Bonds program . Mr Pitt said there had been strong interest in the pilot Social Benefit Bonds initiative that will involve investors, the social...
QCOSS, in partnership with Tenants Queensland and QShelter, has secured funding from Energy Consumers Australia to undertake research into the energy issues for tenants in Queensland. The research will consider energy consumer issues for households living in a variety of rental tenure arrangements...
While they only make up 6 per cent of homeless people, people sleeping rough are the most visible form of homelessness. According to the 2011 Census 105,237 people were homeless in Australia five years ago with the number of those sleeping rough reaching 6,813. Since then, the figures have...
Queensland couples who rely on the age pension and rent in the private market are at the greatest risk of living in poverty compared to other seniors, according to the Queensland Council of Social Service's (QCOSS) latest Cost of Living Report . QCOSS’ fourth Cost of Living Report – Special Edition...
Young people at risk of becoming homeless will be given a helping hand, thanks to a new project launched today by the Palaszczuk Government during National Homelessness Week. The Sustaining Young People’s Tenancies Project, run in partnership with the Brisbane Youth Service, will help support young...

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The National Community Housing Standards set out standards of good practice in service delivery in the community housing sector throughout Australia. The standards attempt to cover all the elements that constitute high quality housing service for tenants in community housing. The 3rd edition of the...
The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) is a national research organisation, specialising in housing and urban research and policy. www.ahuri.edu.au
Since 1 July 2011, homelessness data for the new Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) collection has been submitted through a secure Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) website called Specialist Homelessness Online Reporting (SHOR) . This website accepts and processes all...
The AIHW produces reports on a range of housing issues. Reports include: Housing assistance for Indigenous Australians Housing circumstances of Indigenous households: tenure and overcrowding Homelessness among Indigenous Australians Specialist homelessness services 2012-13 National social housing...
QCOSS has developed a series of regional homelessness profiles that give a snapshot of the population characteristics, housing availability, service system and service usage data of each region. The profiles contain summary data on: • Population • Household types • Number and...
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provide a framework for understanding the place of homelessness in Australian society, pathways to homelessness, or aspects of the lives of people which may be impacted by homelessness. You can access a range of reports, data sets and other information of...
The Homelessness Vacancy Capacity Management System (VCMS) is an electronic tool that facilitates access to vacancy and capacity information of specialist homelessness services across Queensland. It has been developed to support specialist homelessness services funded by the Queensland Government...
The Australian Homelessness Clearinghouse is a tool for the homeless sector to better communicate information about homelessness issues in Australia. It is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) to be a resource for the homelessness sector, and will evolve with time...

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