Tenants Union urges rethink on advisory funding (ABC online)

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by Melinda Howells Posted  Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:30pm AEST

The Tenants Union of Queensland says the closure of a statewide advisory service will create more demand for public housing.

The State Government discontinued funding last year and interim funding from the Commonwealth is about to run out.

Tenants Union coordinator Penny Carr says the service has been operating in 23 different locations and helps people stay in the private rental market.

“We’re worried that this does create more demand for social housing and it puts people at risk of homelessness,” she said.

“Our services are keeping people housed.

“The vast majority of tenants, probably just under 90 per cent of the renting households, are renting in the private rental market.

“We’re calling on the Premier today to review this decision.

“It’s a false dichotomy to make a decision between supporting tenants in the social housing sector and tenants in the private rental market – you need to do both.”

A spokesman for Queensland Housing Minister Tim Mander says the State Government will not be revisiting the decision.

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