NOOSA'S most vulnerable residents have been assured by local MP and government minister Glen Elmes that the Home Assist Secure program will not be cut.
Mr Elmes said he had an assurance from the Housing and Public Works Minister Dr Bruce Flegg that reports the in-home assistance to the elderly and people with disabilities would no longer be funded were incorrect, but has not ruled out finding efficiencies.
"Home Assist Secure is a state government-funded program, and like all government programs, we want to ensure that they are operating as efficiently as possible," Mr Elmes said.
"However this is a vital service and it will continue to be fully funded."
Mr Elmes said the Home Assist Secure program aimed to remove some of the practical housing-related difficulties experienced by older people and people with a disability who wanted to remain living in their home.
The service provides free information and referrals about home maintenance, falls prevention, repairs and modifications and home security. Subsidised assistance for minor home maintenance, repairs and modifications which relate to health, safety and security, is also available for eligible clients.
"Funds are provided to community-based organisations to employ staff and to pay trades people to provide Home Assist Secure services," he said.
"The Queensland Government provided just under $19 million for the program in the last financial year.
"Home Assist Secure can help people feel safer living at home, have easier access to and within their home, and incorporate home security routines into their daily activities."
To be eligible for free information and referrals, people must be 60 years and over, or of any age with a disability, and live in their own home or in rental housing, Mr Elmes said.
To be eligible for subsidised assistance, people must also receive an Australian Government payment or allowance and be unable to make use of alternative forms of assistance, such as Home and Community Care, Veterans' Affairs, family or friends.
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