Social housing in new apartment towers will fight inequality

Queensland’s current social housing settings are entrenching disadvantage, according the CEO of the biggest community housing provider based in the state.

Chief executive of Horizon Housing Jason Cubit said the concentrations of social housing on the fringes of cities led to further hardship for the residents. “Many of Horizon Housing’s clients do not have a car, and rely heavily on public transport,” he said.

Mr Cubit said this bred further disadvantage for low-socioeconomic groups.

“Lower-income households, predominantly renters, can be constrained to locate in more affordable rental areas where there is limited or poor transport access and availability resulting in what is termed ‘transport disadvantage’,” he said.

“Research indicates these households often spend double their income on transport costs to those households living in better located and well-serviced suburbs.”

Mr Cubit has added his voice to the calls for inclusionary zoning in Brisbane’s inner city, which is the practice of requiring a developer to include a certain amount of units set aside for social housing to get council approval.

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