Monday, June 17, 2024

Queensland Govt buys former retirement home for Seniors housing

The Queensland Government has purchased another vacant former retirement village to provide housing for people in need – with tenancy to be targeted towards seniors.

Housing Minister, Meaghan Scanlon (pictured) said the former Tanah Merah village will provide 124 homes for older Queenslanders in need – including single people, couples and small adult families.

“While we get on with our Big Build, we’re also buying and leasing former hotels, motels and retirement villages to help more Queenslanders into a home sooner,” said Ms Scanlon.

“This is another example of how our Housing Investment Fund is delivering for Queenslanders in need and we make no apology for using the fund to purchase homes to deliver housing sooner.

“That’s unlike the LNP whose record is clear – they cut funding for social housing and they won’t stand up to Peter Dutton to get Queenslanders more help. Queenslanders deserve better than that.”

The former retirement village is made up of 85 one-bedroom and 39 two-bedroom units, designed for independent living.

The purchase was funded through the government’s Housing Investment Fund, and the former retirement village will undergo some minor upgrades before welcoming the first residents by mid-year.

“We know that older people are among the groups most impacted by the ongoing housing pressures, which is why these homes will be targeted towards seniors,” said Member for Waterford, Shannon Fentiman.

“We will be able to provide stable, secure and affordable homes for 124 households in need here, sooner.

“This is a fantastic initiative of the government and joins other projects happening right across our Logan community.”

A community housing provider will also be appointed to provide on-site supports to residents.

The property is the fifth former retirement village or aged care facility purchased or leased by the Queensland Government for use as social housing, following similar purchases and leases in Clayfield, Toowoomba, Redlands and Rothwell.

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