What is community housing

Community housing is a form of social housing assistance provided by community organisations and local governments (councils), and funded by the Queensland Government.

This assistance helps eligible Queenslanders who are both:

Social housing is provided for as long as a person needs it.

The key priorities of community housing are:

  • improving housing affordability
  • reducing homelessness
  • helping Queenslanders access the private housing market.

Where possible, we help households transition from community housing to housing in the private rental market.

Difference between community and public housing

Public housing is usually provided by the Queensland Government, while community housing is usually provided by community organisations and local governments (councils).

There aren’t many differences between the 2 tenancy types:

  • Rent in both community and public housing is affordable and generally based on a percentage of the household’s assessable income.
  • The maximum rent amount is the property’s market rent (i.e. the rent that a household in the private rental market would pay for a similar property in the area). Some community housing providers charge rent based on a discount of the market rent.
  • Community housing tenants may be eligible for rent assistance from the Australian Government. Read more about rent in community housing.
  • All tenants:

Types of community housing

Community housing organisations provide various housing options:

Crisis and emergency accommodation

If you’re homeless or at risk of homelessness, call the Homeless Hotline on 1800 474 753, a 24/7 information and referral service.

If you need crisis housing, contact a Housing Service Centre, which can refer you directly to a specialist homelessness service.

Read more about crisis and emergency accommodation.

Transitional housing

Transitional housing offers shorter tenancies to people with a ‘Very High’ or ‘High’ and urgent need for housing.

This assistance may help people stabilise their circumstances before moving to longer term housing.

Types of transitional housing include:

  • Community Rent Scheme: intensive tenancy management and help for people to build their capacity to progress to longer-term living arrangements in private or social housing
  • community-managed studio units: transitional and longer term housing that matches household needs. Properties may be furnished and have communal entertainment areas or courtyards
  • Same House Different Landlord program: public housing properties leased to community housing providers for 6 months for people who need support to manage a tenancy. If the tenant can independently maintain their tenancy, the property and tenancy may be transferred back to the department as a longer term arrangement.

Read more information about transitional housing.

Long-term community housing and affordable housing

The Long Term Community Housing program provides appropriate and affordable, community-managed rental housing to people in the greatest need for as long as they need it. Rent in Long Term Community Housing is charged at 25% of the assessable household income.

The Affordable Housing program increases the supply of long-term, affordable housing that is appropriate in terms of design, location and access to services and facilities. Rent in Affordable Housing properties is charged at discounted market rent up to 30% of the gross household income.

Read more information about long-term and affordable housing.

Other assistance

We have other assistance to help you secure a new tenancy in the private rental market or keep the tenancy you have:


RentConnect can help you:

  • find a tenancy in the private market
  • deal with real estate agents and lessors
  • complete rental application forms
  • provide assistance to help you sustain your tenancy.

Read more about RentConnect.

Bond loans and financial assistance

You may be eligible for a bond loan or other forms of financial assistance to help you secure a tenancy in the private rental market or remain living in your own home.

Read more about getting help with renting.