Gibson claims govt housing schemes will reduce homelessness
THE State Government's dual housing and homelessness strategies will help ease Gympie's housing affordability issues, and aims to reduce homelessness, Gympie MP David Gibson claims.
The Housing 2020 and Homelessness to Housing strategies announced by Minister Tim Mander were a mix of bricks-and-mortar building solutions, delivering more housing and supported accommodation, and improving the coordination and delivery of services, he said.
"There are 151 households registered for housing assistance in Gympie, and anecdotal figures suggest around 80 people in our region may be rough sleeping," said Mr Gibson.
"The Newman Government has responded with the Housing 2020 and Homelessness to Housing strategies.
"The strategies are being specifically developed to meet the needs of our region. This means more targeted and efficient services.
"We are also building more social and affordable houses.
"So far we have attracted over $1.7 billion worth of private investment under the National Affordable Housing Scheme in Queensland.
"There are currently 163 NRAS incentives approved for Gympie; 63 have already been delivered.
"The Department of Housing and Public Works will be offering outreach RentConnect services here in Gympie.".
People at risk of homelessness can also contact Homeless Persons Information Qld the State Government's information and referral line on 1800 474753.