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Five-year funding guarantee supports Gold Coast housing services

June 22, 2018

The Palaszczuk Government has delivered greater certainty for Gold Coast housing and homelessness support organisations with a five-year, $885,000 million funding commitment to help people in need into crisis accommodation.

The funding boost will assist four non-government organisations to provide emergency housing across the region.

Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said the funding would provide important services to some of the Gold Coast’s most vulnerable residents.

“We know there are families and individuals on the Gold Coast who need a helping hand,” Ms Scanlon said.

“Everyone deserves somewhere safe, secure and sustainable to live and the Palaszczuk Government is committed to making sure that those who need it have a safe place to live in their time of greatest need.

“This program will help Gold Coast service providers secure properties in the private rental market for crisis accommodation and provide a place to stay for clients who are in crisis, homeless, at risk of homelessness, or who need support to move into independent living.”

Housing Minister Mick de Brenni said the investment complemented a $37 million funding guarantee for the Gold Coast for specialist homelessness services – also for five years from July 1.

“The sector has said repeatedly that short term and insecure funding has been severely affecting service providers’ ability to develop workforce capacity and the Palaszczuk Government has listened,” Mr de Brenni said.

“That’s why we fought the Federal Government, together with organisations like QCOSS and Q Shelter, to provide longer term funding solutions for housing and homelessness services in Queensland – a fight we won.

“The Homelessness Program will fund eight Gold Coast organisations over five years to provide critical specialist homelessness services.

“This security of funding helps them to plan and develop services, and to attract quality staff.

“Together these long-term funding commitments provide the certainty and stability needed to continue to deliver vital homelessness services, including crisis accommodation.”

Crisis Accommodation Program funding assists the Queensland Government to achieve its commitments under the Queensland Housing Strategy Action Plan 2017-2020, including to reduce the risk of homelessness through a range of measures which ensure service continuity through longer-term arrangements.