Strategy responds to Queensland homelessness

A Palaszczuk Government program designed to help tenants with complex needs avoid homelessness has so far assisted 133 social housing tenants to maintain safe, secure accommodation.

Speaking on World Homelessness Day, Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said often people need more than just a safe place to sleep – they also need support to maintain housing and find their place in the community again.

“Many of us take health and family for granted, but on a day like today, we need to recognise that there are people out there who are disconnected from family and friends, or who have health issues which make it hard to sustain secure and stable housing,” Mr de Brenni said.

“In 2016-17, my department found social housing homes for 6,079 families and individuals facing or experiencing homelessness in Queensland.

“Some of those have required extra support to find and maintain accommodation, particularly people with complex mental health issues, which is why in January 2016 we began the Mental Health Demonstration project.”

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