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.

Last week over 170 leaders from across the community, government, academic and corporate sectors joined Infoxchange to see Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull launch Ask Izzy . Ask Izzy is a free and anonymous online directory that helps Australians who are homeless find critical support services. The...
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Queensland’s frontline homelessness services, especially those assisting homeless young people and the victims of domestic violence, will benefit from around $115 million over the next two years in joint federal and state funding. The Commonwealth and Queensland Governments have signed the state’s...
2015 QCOSS State Conference - Individuals building thriving communities 13 and 14 October 2015 Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Visit the conference website to learn more about the conference. Register here to be part of this exciting two-day event DAY ONE – TUESDAY 13 OCTOBER This year...
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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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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...
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...
Australia’s residential house prices rank among the highest in the world, and an increasing number of aspiring home owners are finding themselves locked out of the property market. One possible solution is to use urban planning policies, such as inclusionary housing, to boost the number of...
This report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) provides information on trends and issues in housing policy, housing affordability and housing assistance provided to populations with special needs. The demand for housing assistance is continuing to increase. As at 30 June...

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