Local housing waiting list down by 37%

12 Dec 2013 10:44 AMJann Stuckey

12 December 2013

New figures reveal the social housing waiting list in Currumbin has decreased by 37% since the election of the Newman Government in 2012.

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP said the reduction in waiting list numbers was a great result for vulnerable families and individuals in our community.

“The Newman Government promised to revitalise frontline services for families, and these figures indicate we are delivering,” Ms Stuckey said. 

“Sadly, under the former Labor Government, the waiting list had blown out to more than 30,000 households.

“On 31 March 2013 there were 681 residents in Currumbin on the waiting list.  As at 30 September that number had been reduced by over 200 places.

Housing Minister Tim Mander said the massive drop in waiting list numbers was due to a combination of more new dwellings, better waiting list management and greater awareness of alternative types of housing assistance.

“Under Labor, what we saw was a “social housing or bust” mentality where long-term, government subsidised housing was seen as the only option,” Mr Mander said.

“Under the Newman Government’s Housing 2020 Strategy, the emphasis is on giving people options, and wherever possible, helping them become self-reliant rather than remaining dependent on the Government.

“Obviously there are people who will always need social housing and for whom we have an enduring responsibility, but there are plenty of others who are perfectly capable of sustaining a private tenancy if they get the right help.”

Minister Mander said over the past 12 months more than 5500 households throughout Queensland had moved off the waiting list and into social housing with another 665 securing places under the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).

“Others will have found places in the private rental market thanks to some of the other types of assistance we offer,” he said.

In the past year the Government has also provided more than 19,000 households with interest free bond loans, issued more than 3600 rental grants and assisted over 9000 households through the RentConnect program.

For more information on the various housing assistance products available through the Queensland Government visit https://www.qld.gov.au/housing/

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