$10b housing pledge a “good start” in addressing Queensland crisis
We’ve welcomed the ALP’s pledge to invest $10 billion to build social and affordable housing across Australia a “good start” in addressing Queensland’s current housing crisis.
CEO Kevin Mercer welcomed the announcement from Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese during last night’s budget reply speech, saying Queensland was in desperate need of investment in social housing.
“Queensland is at a breaking point and we need a social housing investment of at least $4.1 billion just to support those in the highest risk category.
“A $10 billion national investment would be a great start in addressing a very serious problem.
“Right now, our state social housing register is at more than 47,000 people – an increase of 70 per cent in just three years.
“Out of those, nearly 15,000 are considered as having a “Very High” need, including Queenslanders currently homeless or at risk at homelessness.
“In 2020, more than 30,000 people moved to Queensland from other states driving up an already competitive market even further.
Mr Mercer said Vinnies had received a large increase in people coming to the charity for help as rent prices increased dramatically across the state.
“People are being priced out of homes they’ve lived in for years and in regions like coastal and regional Queensland, there is just nothing affordable available,” he said.
“We’ve already seen a direct increase in people and families resorting to sleeping in a car or tent.
“In a country as wealthy as Australia, everyone should have a right to sleep somewhere safe and secure.
“We hope the State Government will be following their Federal counterparts’ lead on addressing this serious issue in the State Budget.”
Vinnies Queensland recently joined the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) and 11 other state organisations and charities to lobby for social housing investment to be a key factor in June’s State Budget.
The charity’s homelessness services assisted more than 3,600 people last financial year through crisis accommodation, emergency relief, clothing and food donations and social service programs.
For more information about the social housing campaign, visit townofnowhere.com