Social and Community Housing (including Affordable Housing)
May 29, 2020
Long-term, secure and affordable housing is available through social and community housing. This is managed as a central allocation system managed by the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. A needs-based (as opposed to a wait-turn) allocation system applies and long waiting times are common in most (but not all) areas of Queensland.
Despite the long wait, the uncertainty of even getting a home and the lengthy application process, it is generally a good idea to apply for social housing and to keep in regular contact with the Department and the community housing providers.
Non-Profit Housing Companies
These not-for-profit organisations provide access to affordable housing for low or below-average incomes, via programs including Community Rent Scheme (CRS), Long Term Community Housing (LTCH), Community Managed Studio Units (CMSU), & the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).
The three main options include:
- Social housing (including Indigenous Housing & Homelessness Programs): rentals for low to moderate income families and individuals
- Community Housing: those with low incomes - income-based rental accommodation
- Affordable housing: those with a moderate income who are in housing stress