Opportunities

National Rental Affordability Scheme

The National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) is a Federal Government initiative supported by the Queensland Government, which aims to deliver 50,000 new properties across Australia by 2012.

Sunshine Coast Housing organisation, Coast2Bay, are delivering new housing stock under this scheme as an alternative to social housing, and will tenant these brand new properties at 25% below market rent.

Most properties are scheduled to be completed by June 2012.
When Coast2Bay applied to the Federal Government to build these homes, they dedicated a percentage of the proposed housing to meet the needs of our Indigenous community.

This is a great opportunity to secure good quality, long term, affordable housing.

Before applying for rental accommodation through this scheme, you should first check that you meet the eligibility criteria which can be viewed at www.housing.qld.gov.au/nras or by phoning 1300 880 882.

Listed below are some examples of maximum levels of income to meet eligibility:
1 adult - $42,386
2 adults - $58,596
Sole parent/1 child—$58,638
Couple/1 child—$72,653

To calculate NRAS eligibility for household types, please use the formula below:

First single adult $42,386
Each extra adult $16,210
Each child $14,057
First sole parent $44,581

Although these homes will not become available until mid-2012, pre-approval is given to successful applicants and a home allocated prior to completion of the build.

If you are interested in applying for NRAS housing, please contact Kabi Kabi on (07) 5346 9806 or click here to organise application forms and to answer any questions you may have.

Alternatively, you can apply online by clicking here.

Rental Grants

A Rental Grant is a once-only grant of two weeks rent to help meet some of the costs associated with moving into private rental accommodation. A Rental Grant helps people experiencing a housing crisis. It does not have to be repaid.

Am I eligible for a Rental Grant?

You may be eligible for a Rental Grant if you meet at least one of the following conditions.
  • You have spent more than 28 continuous days in a department-approved centre (e.g. emergency housing, a women’s shelter), or in accommodation arranged by an approved centre, and are applying for assistance within 14 days of leaving the approved centre.
  • You have been discharged from a correctional facility after serving at least 12 months, and are applying for assistance within three months of your release.
  • You have been discharged from a mental health facility within the last three months and you had be resident of the facility for at least 12 months.
  • You are currently being subjected to domestic violence and have appropriate supporting documentation.
  • You are leaving a community-based rent scheme in Queensland to move into private rental accommodation, and are applying for assistance within 14 days of leaving.

You must also meet all of the following conditions.

  • You have not previously received a Rental Grant.
  • You live in Queensland.
  • You are not currently living in the premises for which the Rental Grant is required.
  • You are an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or have a temporary or permanent protection visa or possess a bridging visa.
  • You meet the current income limit for a Rental Grant.
  • You do not own or part own: a residential property, or a caravan, a mobile home or a live-aboard boat, any of which are permanently connected to normal household utilities.
  • You do not have more than $2500 in cash and savings – combined for all household occupants (not including dependants).
  • You do not have any outstanding debts with the department.
  • You choose a property where the rent does not exceed 60% of the total household gross weekly income.
  • All applicants listed on the tenancy agreement (other than dependant children) must be applicants for the Rental Grant.

In some circumstances, the above criteria may not apply. Please contact the department if you wish to discuss your circumstances.

long term, affordable housing

For more information, please call 1300 880 882

or visit www.hpw.qld.gov.au


 

Bond Loans

You may be eligible for a Bond Loan if you meet all of the following conditions:
  • You live in Queensland.
  • You are not currently living in the premises for which the Bond Loan is required.
  • You are an Australian citizen, permanent resident, have a temporary protection visa or possess a bridging visa
  • You meet the current income limits
  • You do not own, or part-own: a residential property, or a caravan, mobile home or live-aboard boat, any of which are permanently connected to normal household utilities.
  • Cash and savings limit combined for all household occupants not including dependents ($2,500).
  • You do not have any outstanding debts with the department.

For more information contact Housing and Homelessness services 5475 9700