Types of community housing

Community housing providers are funded to provide various types of housing programs. Community housing is social housing assistance that is both:

  • delivered by community organisations or local governments
  • funded by the Queensland Government under the Housing Act 2003.

This assistance may be available to eligible individuals and families in housing need.

Read about programs that are currently available:

Community Rent Scheme

Under the Community Rent Scheme, registered providers deliver transitional housing to eligible people to help them build their capacity to progress to longer-term living arrangements.

Registered providers funded under this program must comply with the Social housing program specifications (PDF, 207KB) as they apply to the program.

View the list of policies and guidelines that you need to keep and implement. Read these with your assistance agreement and the Housing Regulation 2015.

Community-managed studio units

Through community-managed studio units, registered providers deliver long-term or transitional housing to eligible people matched to their needs.

Registered providers funded under this program must comply with the Social housing program specifications (PDF, 207KB) as they apply to the program.

View the list of policies and guidelines that you need to keep and implement. Read these with your assistance agreement and the Housing Regulation 2015.

Same House Different Landlord program

Under the Same House Different Landlord program, registered providers lease department-owned properties to deliver transitional housing to eligible people.

The program provides intensively managed assistance based on assessable need until the household can maintain an independent tenancy.

The household can progress from transitional to longer term housing without moving to another property.

Providers under this program operate as part of the One Social Housing System and must comply with program objectives. Read the Social housing program specifications (PDF, 208KB).

To achieve the program objectives, you must only use receipts for allowable expenditure. Read the Allowable Expenditure and Surplus Policy (PDF, 264KB).

You must comply with your obligations under the Housing Regulation 2015, including keeping and implementing the policies outlined.

View the list of policies that you need to keep and implement. Read each one together with the Service Agreement and the Housing Regulation.

You must also implement the Tenancy Planning and Review policy, procedures and guidelines (which are provided to you regularly).

Any maintenance you undertake must be done in a professional and lawful manner and should be of good quality, durable, low maintenance materials to cater for high wear and tear. Any broken items must be replaced with items of a similar standard.

You must hold public liability insurance for at least $10 million.

Long-Term Community Housing program

Under the Long Term Community Housing program, registered providers deliver appropriate and affordable community-managed housing to eligible people.

Registered providers funded under this program must comply with the Social housing program specifications (PDF, 208KB) as they apply to the program.

View the list of policies and guidelines that you need to keep and implement. Read these together with the Service Agreement and the Housing Regulation 2015.

Crisis Accommodation program

The Crisis Accommodation program funds providers to help eligible people find accommodation (i.e. people who are homeless, in crisis, at risk of homelessness, or in need of support to transition to independent living).

Read the Social housing program specifications (PDF, 113KB).

Complementary support funding

If you receive funding under the Crisis Accommodation Program, you may also be eligible to receive complementary (additional) funding from the:

  • Australian Government
  • other Queensland Government departments
  • private sources.

If funded by a government department, the provider must:

  • actively seek approval for further funding where available from relevant authorities
  • comply with all directions and requirements of the administering authority or government department
  • continue to receive the complementary funding (if they received this funding during the term of the agreement).

If complementary funding stops during the assistance agreement term, you must notify us in writing within 5 business days.

How the funds can be used

Providers must implement the Allowable expenditure and surplus policy (PDF, 144KB).

Policies

You must comply with your obligations under the Housing Regulation 2015, including keeping and implementing a range of policies, including:

Read these together with the funding agreement, Program specifications and the Housing Regulation.

Insurance

You must hold public liability insurance for at least $10 million.

Contact us

For more information about:

  • applications, referrals and allocations—contact your nearest Housing Service Centre
  • service requirements, reviews and compliance—contact Housing and Homelessness Services on 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or your contract manager.