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

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