Vinnies calls for urgent housing support for regional Queenslanders this National Homelessness Week - St Vincent de Paul Society QLD
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    Vinnies calls for urgent housing support for regional Queenslanders this National Homelessness Week

    Housing shortages in regional Queensland have been put under the spotlight for National Homelessness Week 2021 (1-7 August)

    Vinnies Queensland says regional Queenslanders are still struggling to find affordable accommodation, as the state’s ongoing housing crisis is put under the spotlight for National Homelessness Week 2021 (1-7 August).

    Regional and rural Queensland has felt some of the worst impacts of the state housing crisis, with more than 13,700 regional and rural Queenslanders estimated to be facing homelessness on any given night.

    Vinnies Queensland CEO Kevin Mercer said the Society is hopeful National Homelessness Week will shine a light on the desperate need for social housing in Queensland, particularly within regional and rural areas.

    “We’re urging our state to recognise Queensland’s forgotten community members who are living outside major cities, desperately trying to find affordable, available accommodation due to increased regional migration and a lack of social housing”, he said.

    “80 per cent of Queensland is experiencing extremely low rental vacancy rates, and some regions like Central Queensland are experiencing rates of just 0.2 per cent.

    “The State Government took a step in the right direction with a $1.9 billion commitment to social housing construction over the next few years, but it will not be enough to solve the issue.”

    An index released by the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) in conjunction with the Commonwealth Bank has revealed regional migration is at its highest level since 2018, rising 66 per cent and having a significant impact on housing affordability and availability within affected regions.1

    “It’s estimated more than 65,000 social housing properties will be needed in regional and rural areas over the next 15 years across Queensland to meet the needs of our most vulnerable community members who simply cannot afford to put a roof over their head,” Mr Mercer said.

    “This figure includes building housing for the more than 13,700 people currently without a place to call home, in addition to those who are expected to face homelessness or be locked out of the rental market in the coming years due to ongoing economic hardship and rising housing prices.

    “The competitive rental market across Queensland has put significant strain on those in a position to rent with the market more competitive than ever — there simply aren’t enough affordable houses for people to call home.

    “We hope to work further with our political representatives in addressing this important issue through infrastructure and social investments.”

    In the last financial year, Vinnies Queensland’s homelessness services assisted 3,641 in need, including 755 children, and provided more than 95,900 nights of accommodation for people and families in need.

    For information on Vinnies’ support services, or to make a donation, visit: https://qld.vinnies.org.au/