Friday, March 1, 2024

Brisbane council gives $20k to homelessness crisis

Brisbane City Council has pledged an additional $20,000 in funding to help community groups address homelessness.

Funding from Council’s 2023 Housing Support Program will be shared between Communify Queensland Ltd, Village Church, Brisbane Housing Company (staff pictured) and 139 Club Limited.

Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner said the grants will support the work these community groups undertake addressing homelessness in Brisbane.

“Rental availabilities and rising cost of living has created a perfect storm when it comes to housing affordability in Brisbane,” Lord Mayor Schrinner said.

“Breaking the cycle of homelessness is complex with many factors at play including income, health, education, employment, and social challenges.

“Even when affordable housing is secured, some people will continue to need services to support them.

“These grants support not-for-profits and community organisations in developing projects that support people experiencing homelessness, or those at risk of homelessness across the city.”

The Lord Mayor said the grants program was just one part of Council’s commitment to addressing homelessness across the city.

“The levels of homelessness we are currently experiencing needs real solutions, and Council is doing all we can to help,” he said.

“Our Housing Supply Action Plan outlines financial incentives to deliver more homes sooner in higher density zones.

“We will also continue to host Homeless Connect events, which have helped more than 20,000 residents access essential services since it began in 2006.

“The Housing Support Program will work in lock step with various other measures to support our most vulnerable residents in having a roof over their heads.”

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