New purchase provides more social housing

Published Sunday, 29 January, 2023 at 10:15 AM

Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for Digital Economy and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

The Palaszczuk Government has bought a 30-unit property in Clayfield to help house Queenslanders in need.

Communities and Housing Minister Leeanne Enoch said the Clayfield property was vacant and was placed on the open market for sale. The village was previously used to assist aged residents and following refurbishment will provide additional social housing.

“This complex will provide safe, secure and affordable housing for older adults, possibly including those who may be downsizing from larger social homes,” she said.

“The character-filled property is close to public transport and shops and offers ample communal space, outdoor BBQ area with onsite parking.

“Further scoping work will be done to determine the final layout, while maintaining the property’s heritage and character.”

Ms Enoch said the tenants will be people who are tenancy ready.

“We will support the tenants as they transition to their new homes and will consider on-site supports as part of our service delivery model,” she said.

“Our holistic approach means we are not just providing housing assistance, but also connecting people to supports from a range of government and non-government agencies that are specific to their individual needs.

These new social homes are just part of the record $3.9 billion investment in social and affordable housing by our government, helping us house more vulnerable Queenslanders sooner.”

Ms Enoch said a focus from the recent Housing Summit was the use of innovative property purchases to increase housing supply.

“We’re looking at all workable options,” she said.

“We’re building more social housing, we’re buying houses or other properties where that’s the best option in the local area, and we’re helping people to secure and sustain private rentals, including headleasing homes.”

Anyone who needs housing assistance can contact their local Housing Service Centre during business hours or call the 24/7 Homeless Hotline on 1800 474 753.


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