Local housing waiting list down by 40 per cent
New figures released this month reveal the social housing waiting list in the Maroochydore electorate has decreased by 40 per cent since the election of the Newman Government.
Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said the number of households waiting for social housing assistance in the Maroochydore electorate had been cut to its lowest level in five years.
“555 households were waiting for public housing assistance when the current government took office in March 2012,” Ms Simpson said.
“Thanks to more new dwellings, better waiting list management and greater awareness of alternative types of housing assistance, we’ve managed to bring the waiting list down to around 332 households as at January 2014.”
“Since the new state government took office, the Maroochydore Housing Service Centre has provided more than 1200 RentConnect services to help more people access private rental accommodation.”
Ms Simpson said the State Government’s Housing 2020 Strategy emphasized giving people options.
Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander said that the new State Government has moved more than 5,000 people into a social housing tenancy, provided more than 19,000 households with an interest free bond loan and helped more than 9,000 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/