ROCKVILLE disability pensioner Carol Ann Barka wants to know her housing fate after receiving a government letter asking her for feedback on how to fix Queensland's public housing crisis.
Mrs Barka, who lives alone in a two-bedroom public housing unit, said the letter had cast a shadow of uncertainty over whether she would be allowed to stay in her home of seven years.
The letter details the State Government's need to find housing for more than 30,000 applicants, many of whom are technically homeless. It asks for voluntary feedback from residents on how they think public housing could be more efficiently utilised to accommodate more people.
Mrs Barka, 62, said she was concerned she and many others would not be able to afford to live if they were required to move from public housing.
"The reality is when you are a marginalised person you can't move like a normal person," Mrs Barka said.
She said once her bills and rent were paid, she usually had $312 a fortnight to spend on food, clothing, taxis and entertainment.
The mother of six, grandmother of 19 and great-grandmother of two said she had been on a disability pension since 1995 as a result of back and knee problems she incurred during her career as a nurse.
She said public housing officials told her in 2005 she would not have to leave her modified unit unless she wanted to.
"The very thing they told me not to worry about has bitten me on the bum.
"If something offered to me is decent, I will take it."
Minister for Housing Dr Bruce Flegg said he would be adopting a compassionate view as the government undertook reviews of under-occupancy. He said a property was considered to be under-occupied if it had two or more vacant bedrooms.
"Currently there are 8700 such properties throughout the state," Dr Flegg said.
He said 5776 of those consisted of single occupants residing in three, four or even five-bedroom properties.
"Any household in an under-occupied property that cannot demonstrate a continued need for the larger property may be required to transfer to a more appropriate property in a location which meets their needs."