Housing affordability and homelessness are important issues facing disadvantaged Queenslanders. 

Housing is a complex system of inter-connecting causes and effects. 

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

Access to affordable housing is the foundation on which Queenslanders build stable and productive lives. Stable housing positively influences health, education, employment, economic and social participation outcomes.

“Housing, even in its simplest form, meets two basic human needs: shelter and security. Its influence on the welfare of households is substantial, affecting, for example, health and wellbeing, education, employment and social and community participation.” (AIHW, 2017) 

In the 2016 census there were 21,671 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.

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 The Palaszczuk Government is investing $1.8 billion to build more than 5,000 extra homes, create thousands of building and construction jobs while providing more Queenslanders with a safe, secure and affordable place to call home. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk...
Moved by the need to create change, the Brisbane tech and business community are hosting a Homelessness Hackathon. A weekend-long hackathon with the tech, social, design and business communities aimed at solving issues identified by people experiencing homelessness. Whether you work in the housing/...
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Queensland Government media release Townsville’s newest $1.3 million disability housing project will officially opening its doors today, allowing four local people with disability the choice to live in their community, instead of in health and aged care facilities. Disability Services Minister...
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Queensland Government media release The Queensland Government has called on expressions of interest from for-profit and non-government organisations to establish a new youth foyer in Townsville, which will provide supported accommodation for young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness...
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Queenslanders looking to make a difference in people’s lives are being urged to put their hand up for a slice of a $2.5 million fund before the 10 May deadline. Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said that in the first round of funding, the Palaszczuk Government’s Dignity First...
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The Queensland Government is offering support to not-for-profit organisations affected by Cyclone Debbie. Organisations affected may be eligible for loans or grants assistance to help with recovery efforts. Natural Disaster Assistance A low interest loan and grant package of up to $105,000 is...
Media Statement Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence The Honourable Shannon Fentiman Financial assistance is now available for south-east Queensland’s not-for-profit organisations that have been affected...
The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services' (DCCDS) Community Recovery section is encouraging individuals, carers and service providers in the DCCSDS North and Far North Queensland area to be prepared in relation to Tropical Cyclone Debbie. The likely impacts of a tropical...
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Queensland Government media release Applications are now open for the second round of the Palaszczuk Government’s $2.5 million Dignity First Fund. Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the fund was seeking proposals for innovative projects that will meet immediate needs of...
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Access to suitable, accessible housing is one of the greatest challenges for the aged and people with disability. Spinal Life Australia is seeking feedback on mandating accessible housing by 2020 and making communities more inclusive for people with disabilities. The feedback will shape the...

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