Townsville community program proves a success
A new pilot program to improve communities in Townsville has been deemed a success, potentially encouraging more people to buy residential properties in the area.
The initiative is designed to link affordable housing with education, training opportunities and jobs, using funds from the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing's Employment Related Accommodation Program.
Eight homes in the area were purchased through the scheme in a bid to improve the provision of private rental housing for those in remote communities.
"The tenants are undertaking a variety of opportunities including full-time employment and traineeships, further education at TAFE and James Cook University, as well as combinations of part-time work and further education," commented minister for housing and public works, Bruce Flegg.
A recent report from Anglicare Australia showing that low income earners are being prevented from entering the private rental market was recently welcomed by Dr Flegg.
He explained that over 20,000 households throughout Queensland are to be assisted this year through bond loans, as well as various other incentives.
Rental grants are available for high-need households, which gives them a head start with the early costs of renting.