Regional areas experience the added pressures of being overlooked by both State and Federal funding housing affordability programs, that don’t meet the needs of the country’s many smaller cities and towns.
This gap is of growing concern as Central Queensland is facing a “perfect storm” that will see more and more families squeezed out of rental markets.
Current Situation In Queensland
Compounding matters is that forecasts for social and affordable housing demand is calculated using the housing register – as a consequence, many people and families are just not getting counted. If you’re homeless, chances are you’re not in the register. If you’re working but facing eviction, you’re not in the register.
This squeeze on housing supply means that no property in the region can be considered “affordable” any longer. Crisis accommodation – once only a temporary solution – has become medium- to long-term. Overcrowding with 3 to 4 families in a 1-family home is not uncommon.
Our intent is to attract community and corporate investment into both the housing solutions and homelessness services across the housing continuum.
Social and Economic Benefits for the Region
We can see the “perfect storm” brewing — major infrastructure projects will provide a great source of employment but will place further pressure on housing affordability and availability. We need an injection of affordable housing projects to happen now. And we have projects ready to go.