The state government is taking long-term action to provide more social and emergency housing in the Wide Bay area of Gympie as soaring house prices and rents put a strain on many people who can’t afford it.
Communities and Housing Minister Leeanne Enoch predicted an increased role for the private sector and local government in supporting the social housing sector, including state government housing schemes.
Responding to a parliamentary question on notice from Gympie MP Tony Perrett, Ms Enoch said her department was taking a multi-pronged approach including many forms of family support and a massive social housing expansion program over the next three years .
She said the government was preparing to respond to “reports from charities and not-for-profit groups that they are facing a significant increase in the number of people who are homeless or facing homelessness in the Gympie area”.
Mr Perrett asked when the public housing stock in the Gympie area would be increased, through the construction of new homes or private rental arrangements.
Ms. Enoch said her department has adopted a variety of strategies to work with individuals based on their personal needs, pairing them with targeted solutions.
“The government is committing $94.9 million over four years to support the homeless housing and services system ‘and investing $2.9 billion to help more vulnerable Queenslanders get settled sooner,'” a she declared.
“The $1 billion Housing Investment Fund will call on the real estate industry, institutional investors and local governments to partner with the community housing sector to deliver up to 3,600 social and affordable housing units across the country. ‘state,’ she said.