Providers welcome $2.9bn housing commitment

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Emergency relief providers have lauded the Queensland Government’s move to commit $2.9 billion to social housing in this week’s state budget. Source: The Catholic Leader.

St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland chief executive officer Kevin Mercer said crisis accommodation and homelessness support services “have been put under great strain by the worsening affordable housing shortage”.

“This commitment will go a long way to ensuring no Queenslander is left behind,” he said.

Queensland Council of Social Services, which Vinnies is part of, welcomed the housing support news.

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

“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.”

Health was also a winner in the budget with the Government earmarking $2 billion towards a hospital building fund over the next four years.

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Queensland budget gives hope to people in housing crisis (By Joe Higgins, The Catholic Leader

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