YWCA Australia welcomes summit solutions to combat homelessness in Queensland

The Queensland Housing Summit today addressed the need for an urgent fix to combat the increasing housing crisis across the Sunshine State.

Critical issues to be remedied covered unlocking land and housing, fast-tracking social housing development, housing equity and collaboration around housing needs by the government and private sector.

YWCA CEO Michelle Phillips, who attended the summit, said the funding and innovative solutions proposed were on track and were a great first step in resolving what will be a long-term collaborative process to create housing for those facing homelessness – particularly women and their families.

“The summit presented some progressive solutions today that when implemented will positively impact the current housing crisis. It was encouraging to hear that the QLD State Government would release an additional $1 Billion in funding, doubling their current investment, to create a sustainable source of funding to build around 13,000 new affordable homes in Queensland – 5,600 by June 2027.

“This will be a game changer for many women experiencing homelessness, women and children who are trapped in unsafe domestic violence situations and older, displaced Australian women.

“By stretching the funding dollar and by working alongside government and sector partners, YWCA Australia welcomes the opportunity to continue to play a pivotal role in ending homelessness for women.

“There’s a lot that needs to happen, new solutions to be explored. It won’t be a quick fix, but it does map a hopeful road forward for women and their families who have nowhere to live,” she said.

YWCA Australia wishes to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we work, live and play and pay our respects to Elders past and present. We recognise First Nations people as the custodians of the lands, seas and skies, with more than 60,000 years of wisdom, connection and relationship in caring for Country.

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