Danielle Jovanovic and her daughter Aleesha, 4, are thrilled to have a permanent home after spending two years on the Anglicare Affordable Housing waiting list.
Danielle Jovanovic and her daughter Aleesha, 4, are thrilled to have a permanent home after spending two years on the Anglicare Affordable Housing waiting list. Brenda Strong

Low-cost housing trickles into Gladstone property market

IT may have taken two years, but more affordable housing is becoming available in the Gladstone region.

Last month Anglicare Central Queensland tenanted five homes under the National Rental Affordability Scheme.

And ACQ plans to release a further 80 affordable homes between now and next May.

Two Gladstone families and three other out-of-town tenants have since found permanent accommodation under the scheme.

Despite rents dropping in Gladstone, ACQ's Marcello Medina said affordable housing was still in high demand.

"We've had a lot of queries about affordable housing in Gladstone," Mr Medina said.

ACQ offers subsidised government rent for eligible families and low-income earners at 20% below the market value.

"A four-bedroom home in Calliope costs $344 per week through the scheme, but would price about $450-480 on the market," Mr Medina said.

Prospective affordable housing tenants need to adhere to eligibility requirements.

Applicants must be Australian citizens and Queensland residents, with an independent income of at least $184.88 per week.

Registrations for the scheme can be made at www.hpw.qld.gov.au.

New home a joy for Danielle and Aleesha

THIS time last year Danielle Jovanovic was living in a concrete jungle.

"There was no backyard, no front yard. When you opened the door, all you could see were houses," the mother-of-one said.

For two years Danielle and her daughter Aleesha, 4, lived in temporary affordable accommodation while waiting for a permanent residence to become available in Gladstone.

At the time Gladstone was suffering from an affordable housing shortage, with only one property available over a two-year period.

But this month Danielle was given the keys to a new home in the Hillclose estate in New Auckland.

"At the time, I was a single mum and accommodation in Gladstone was through the roof, so I registered for the scheme" she said.

Danielle also registered for affordable housing under the Department of Housing and Public Works, which she believes improved her chances of landing the property through the Anglicare Central Queensland scheme.

"Everything has fallen into place. I now have steady work and I'm study my Certificate III in child care," Danielle said.

"I definitely recommend that other families in the same situation get in touch with the department."



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