Indigenous housing funding under threat as people wait years for homes

Indigenous housing funding under threat as people wait years for homes

Ida Richardson knows the pain of living without a home.

For 14 years she was on the waiting list for public housing on Palm Island in north Queensland.

She was forced to move from place to place almost every month, couch surfing with her two young children.

“It was exhausting. I was just always moving with my kids,” she said.

Her situation changed just before Christmas when she was given the keys to her new home.

“I was on cloud 20. I cried as soon as I walked through the door. I was over the moon,” she said.

Figures from the Department of Housing show more than 400 people are on the waitlist for social housing on Palm Island.

Overcrowding remains a major issue across Queensland’s Indigenous communities, with an average of five people living in each room of a standard three-bedroom house.

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