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State budget is a beacon of hope for Queenslanders living through the state’s housing crisis

18/06/2021

Source: QCOSS

With more than $2.9 billion committed towards social housing in today’s state budget, QCOSS welcomes the government’s commitment to addressing Queensland’s housing crisis.

“This budget signals a new approach to housing and homelessness in Queensland,” said QCOSS CEO Aimee McVeigh.

“This is the first step we have been calling for and provides opportunities for the community, government and private sector to work together toward solving a previously intractable problem.
“The $2.9 billion investment outlined in the budget will lead to more houses for more Queenslanders sooner. The Government has effectively tripled its investment into social housing over the next four years.

“The recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic must benefit all Queenslanders and this investment delivers just that – homes and jobs.

“We look forward to working with the state government to make sure that this announcement results in homes for women escaping domestic violence, children, people with a disability, First Nations People and older women.

“This was hard fought for by the community services sector and its workers who have continually advocated for major investment into social housing for decades. The announcement today is culmination of the hard work of QCOSS members and a broader coalition of industry voices.”

Most recently, the Town of Nowhere campaign, led by QCOSS and 12 leading community organisations, has called on the state government to make a major investment in social housing in this year’s state budget.