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Housing help after a disaster

If you have had to leave your home as a result of a natural disaster, we can help.

If you need urgent housing assistance, call:

  • 13 QGOV (13 74 68)

This help may be required immediately, or some weeks or even months later.

Wherever possible, we will help people to find alternative housing themselves in the private market before other options are explored.

Help may be offered to people who would normally not be eligible for some social housing products or services. Services available include:

  • Mortgage relief loan
    An interest-free loan of up to $20,000 to help you meet your home loan repayments whilst dealing with an unexpected change in circumstances, such as the costs associated with storm damage.
  • Home assist secure
    If you are over 60 years of age, subsidised assistance may be available for minor repairs, maintenance and modifications related to health, safety and security.
  • Bond loans
    If you need to move into private rental accommodation and need help paying the rental bond, you may be eligible for a Bond Loan—an interest-free loan to a maximum value of 4 weeks’ rent for the accommodation.
  • Rental Grants
    A rental grant can help you meet the costs of moving into private rental accommodation if you are experiencing a crisis. A rental grant is equivalent to two weeks rent and is paid directly to the lessor/landlord. It does not need to be repaid.
  • RentConnect
    Our RentConnect Officers can help you prepare an application and apply for private rental properties. They can also help you find suitable properties, make referrals or provide other information to help you sustain a tenancy in the private market.
  • Social Housing
    Social housing is affordable rental housing for families and individuals with a high level of housing need that can’t be met by housing in the private market.

If you wish to apply for housing assistance contact your nearest Housing Service Centre. Demand for social housing is always very high, especially when a disaster has been declared, and we may not be able to provide housing immediately.

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24 May 2017
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