New homelessness response to support Queensland families in need

A new $16 million funding package has been announced to help support Queensland families who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

The Immediate Housing Response package is new funding for these initiatives:

  • $7 million to expand the Rental Security Subsidy to assist around 700 families to sustain their rental or to secure a new one, by providing a rental subsidy of up to $10,000 for 12 months.
  • $6 million to support families in temporary or short-term accommodation through Specialist Homelessness Services, providing assistance to some 700 families while they receive support to secure their longer-term accommodation needs.
  • $3 million for extra specialist support workers in funded Specialist Homelessness Services to assist families to stay in their current home or secure a new tenancy.

This package is about prioritising the needs of families who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, including First Nations people, people experiencing domestic and family violence, young people and older people.

The response will be implemented alongside the continued $2.9 billion investment under the Queensland Housing and Homelessness Action Plan 2021–2025.

Queensland families seeking assistance to secure a home in the private rental market will continue to be supported through a range of housing products and services including RentConnect, Bond Loans and Rental Grants.

Please encourage any families seeking housing assistance to visit their local Housing Service Centre. Visit www.qld.gov.au/housing-service-centres for a list of Housing Service Centres across Queensland.