2020 Housing Vision

26/07/2013

Twelve thousand new social and affordable housing homes will be built in Queensland, and 90 per cent of social housing tenancies will be managed by the not-for-profit sector by the year 2020 under an ambitious new plan released by the Newman Government.

Member for Pine Rivers, Seath Holswich said the Newman Government was committed to helping people in housing stress, while creating a flexible, fair, integrated system.

"Over the past 20 years the needs of our tenants have changed dramatically, but the system hasn't," Mr Holswich said.

"We need to make sure that the homes we provide are suitable for the people we house and that there are alternatives for those who may not be eligible for long-term social housing."

As well as more homes and a bigger role for community housing providers, Mr Holswich said the reforms would provide alternative types of housing assistance to help people find and secure places in the private rental market.

"That means expanding our existing bond loan, rental grants and RentConnect programs, as well as looking at new earning and learning programs to help young people," he said.

"There are more than 22,000 households state-wide on the waiting list for public housing, who deserve a place to call home" Member for Kallangur, Trevor Ruthenberg said.

Mr Ruthenberg said the Housing 2020 Strategy would be rolled out on a region by region basis with local plans developed to cater for the specific needs of particular communities.

"Obviously, the needs in the regions will be different to those in the major cities," he said.

Mr Holswich and Mr Ruthenberg said they will work closely with the Minister in the development of a regional plan for the Pine Rivers and Kallangur electorates to make sure vulnerable people in our region get the help they need.