Community organisations swamped with demand due to cost of living

One in four clients of specialist homeless services in Queensland missed out on getting access to suitable accommodation in 2016-17.

And domestic violence forced increasing numbers of Queenslanders to seek help from homelessness services, according to the Report on Government Services 2018, released by the Productivity Commission.

In 2016-17, 20.1 per cent of Queensland clients at specialist homelessness services received domestic violence services, up from 16.2 per cent in 2012-13.

And 43.5 per cent of low income private rental households were in rental stress in Queensland in 2015-16.

That meant they spent more than 30 per cent of gross household income on rent.

Queensland Council of Social Services chief executive Mark Henley said community  services organisations were being swamped with demand, as many people struggled with the cost of living.

“[Cost of living] is driving people into poverty and spiralling debt issues is of most concern for a lot of people,” he said.

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