Queensland is in the midst of a housing crisis.
The waiting list for social housing has increased to 39,000 people, enough to fill a town the size of Gladstone, and is only continuing to grow.
Every Queenslander needs access to an appropriate, safe, secure, sustainable, and affordable home, but this is becoming an increasingly unachievable basic right. Families across the state are sleeping rough or struggling to afford the roof above their heads. Vacancy rates are below 1% in regions across Queensland. Rent and housing prices are at an all-time high and increasing at an alarming rate while wages stagnate, the lowest wage increases in 20 years.
We need the federal and state government to act urgently to build 1 million safe, secure and accessible social houses so every Queenslander has a place to call home.
Emergency housing services are underfunded and almost non-existent in some places. A recent report by the Australian Financial Review found that 33% of Queensland households were under housing stress, struggling to pay their rents or mortgages.
Neighbourhood centres, domestic violence services and Refugee support networks are on the front lines, underfunded and with no way to house people who come to them for help. Demand for these services is increasing at a staggering rate while Labor refuses to increase funding or solve the housing crisis.
Labor currently plans to build on average 450 social homes a year - while the waiting list for social housing increases by 7000 people a year. Their plan has seen a blowout in the waiting list and will see a decrease in the state’s proportion of social housing from 3.7% to 3%.
Queenslanders need jobs and they need homes and big banks and massive mining corporations need to pay their fair share.
But this won't happen without Queenslanders like you standing up for change, we need your help - will you take the first step?