Friday, February 23, 2024

Queensland Govt snaps up 30-unit property amid housing crisis

The Queensland Government has announced the purchase of a 30-unit property in Clayfield as part of its efforts to ease the State’s housing crisis.

Communities and Housing Minister, Leeanne Enoch said the Clayfield property was vacant and had been placed on the open market for sale. The village was previously used to assist aged residents and following refurbishment will provide additional social housing, she said.

“This complex will provide safe, secure and affordable housing for older adults, possibly including those who may be downsizing from larger social homes,” said Ms Enoch.

“The character-filled property is close to public transport and shops and offers ample communal space, outdoor BBQ area with onsite parking.

“Further scoping work will be done to determine the final layout, while maintaining the property’s heritage and character.”

Ms Enoch said the tenants will be people who are “tenancy ready”.

Inside the Clayfield property.

“We will support the tenants as they transition to their new homes and will consider on-site supports as part of our service delivery model,” she said.

“Our holistic approach means we are not just providing housing assistance, but also connecting people to supports from a range of government and non-government agencies that are specific to their individual needs.

An exterior view of the newly purchased property.

Ms Enoch said a focus from the recent Housing Summit was the use of innovative property purchases to increase housing supply.

“We’re looking at all workable options,” she said.

“We’re building more social housing, we’re buying houses or other properties where that’s the best option in the local area, and we’re helping people to secure and sustain private rentals, including headleasing homes.”

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