Housing Minister Tim Mander at the Home for Good campaign launch. These 500 pillows on the speaker's green at Queensland Parliament House represent the ambitious plan to house 500 homeless people in three years.
Housing Minister Tim Mander at the Home for Good campaign launch. These 500 pillows on the speaker's green at Queensland Parliament House represent the ambitious plan to house 500 homeless people in three years. Rae Wilson

QLD first lady to hit the streets with the homeless

QUEENSLAND'S first lady will be scouring Brisbane streets speaking to homeless people in a new program that eventually will be rolled out in regional centres.

The Home for Good program, launched at Parliament House on Tuesday, aims to found 500 homes for 500 homeless people in the next three years.

Premier Campbell Newman's wife Lisa will be among the volunteers hitting the streets to fill gaps in current homelessness data and give service providers the ability to match people with the support they need to get their lives back on track.

Housing Minister Tim Mander said a similar model would unfold across the state as government agencies and homelessness services aligned.

"In some ways this is a prototype," he said.

"We'll get this underway, we'll evaluate how that's gone and then we'll replicate that across all of the regional centres over the next 12-18 months.

"The last census had around 20,000 people are classified as homeless, a third of those are in the Brisbane area so you've got two thirds beyond that.

"The whole idea is to get a good assessment of the needs, at the moment we are relying on figures that are old, and you might say a little bit rubbery, and we want to make sure we've got an accurate reflection so we can respond accordingly."

 

HOMELESSNESS FACTS

  • The ABS estimates there may be as many as 20,000 Queenslanders homeless on any given night, two thirds in regional areas.
  • The Queensland government spends about $125 million on homelessness programs each year.

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