Affordable housing numbers in Queensland are increasing, according to information from the Department of Housing and Brisbane Housing Company.
Scott Chandler, Media Advisor to Queensland Minister for Housing, Robert Schwarten, said that 15 million dollars funding had been committed to thee Gold Coast Housing Company over the next three years.
This was in addition to funding already provided to Brisbane Housing Company, which has so far built 579 affordable housing units in Brisbane since it commenced operation in 2002.
Brisbane Housing Company CEO, David Cant, reported that a further 316 units were projected in the near future, in Brisbane suburbs.
BHC has planned to build 5,000 units over the next 10 years, with funding from Department of Housing and Brisbane City Council.
Alan Bray, Deputy CEO of Y-Care, operated by the YMCA at Fortitude Valley, also said 62 units were under construction by his organisation, with funding by the Department of Housing. Affordable Housing Initiative.
Whitsunday Hinterland and Mackay Bowen Regional Organisation of Councils, among several other organisations, had also received affordable housing funding.
According to the Department of Housing website, affordable housing projects consider appropriateness of the dwelling, housing and social mix, tenure, choice, location, quality and cost, to support the supply of affordable housing by the private and not-for-profit sectors.
Mr Chandler said the Housing Department provides grant funding to community organisations or local governments for affordable housing purposes, with rent setting to be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Brisbane Housing Company currently sets rents at 75% of the market value of the area in which its units are located, with rents starting from $100 for boarding rooms, $134 for 1 bedroom apartments, and up to $239 for 3 bedroom apartments.
The target group for affordable housing projects are those eligible for social housing, Mr Chandler said.
A spokesperson for the Brisbane Homelessness Service Centre said that more needed to be done for the homeless, stating “just take a walk along the Brisbane River” to draw attention to the number of people “sleeping rough” in the city.
15th June 2007