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    Minister for Community Services and Housing and Minister for Women
    The Honourable Karen Struthers

    Affordable housing milestone reached in Brisbane

    Minister for Community Services and Housing and Minister for Women
    The Honourable Karen Struthers

    Thursday, December 09, 2010

    Affordable housing milestone reached in Brisbane

    More Brisbane people have a place to call home thanks to 1000 affordable housing properties built by the Brisbane Housing Company in the past eight years.

    Housing Minister Karen Struthers today attended the opening of the 1000th Brisbane Housing Company home at Constance Street, Fortitude Valley, and congratulated the company on its achievement.

    “Since its incorporation in 2002, Brisbane Housing Company has provided more than 2000 low income households with access to appropriate, secure and affordable rental housing in Brisbane,” she said.

    “Now, with 1000 units of accommodation in its portfolio, they have grown to become Queensland’s largest affordable housing provider.

    “It’s important we meet a continuum of need and provide a range of housing options for a range of people.

    “Partnerships like the one we have with Brisbane Housing Company are helping us achieve that.”

    The company’s property portfolio is comprised of studio units, boarding houses and apartments for people on low incomes within the Brisbane City Council region.

    Ms Struthers said providing affordable housing options for Queenslanders required a joint effort from all levels of government, business, the non-profit community services sector and the community.

    “Housing affordability and housing need are critical issues for Queenslanders,” she said.

    “That is why the Queensland Government has invested $114 million in the Brisbane Housing Company through capital grants and department-owned land since 2002.

    “BHC has also received $54 million in funding from the Australian Government through the Nation Building program.

    “We’re in the middle of the biggest social housing roll out Queensland has ever seen.

    “With more than $1 billion from the federal government and $500 million in state government funds, we’re rolling out more than 4000 new social housing dwellings right across the state.

    “Government-funded and initiated projects, such as the Brisbane Housing Company, are essential to achieving the Queensland Government’s Toward Q2 goal of safe and caring communities and addressing homelessness in Queensland.”

    Media contact: Minister’s office 3235 4286