Queensland is in the midst of a housing crisis. In June 2022, there were more than 27,000 households on Queensland’s social housing register and most regional towns and cities had rental vacancy rates reduced to less than one per cent. This social catastrophe that is unfolding in our state needs urgent attention and bold political decisions. QAMH congratulates the Queensland Government on its commitment to hold a Housing Summit. In this submission, we outline the specific housing needs of people experiencing mental distress.
Our key asks include:
- Increased supply of social and affordable housing at a scale adequate to meet escalating demand
- Law reform that will make renting fairer
- Increased investment in integrated mental health services
- Increased investment in transitional programs to ensure ‘no discharge into homelessness’
- Consider the specific needs of vulnerable population groups
- Consultation with QAMH over future social and affordable housing policy