Horizon Brings New Affordable Housing Options To Roma

11 July 13

Horizon Housing (HH) - Queensland's largest affordable and social housing provider - has established its presence in Roma with a Rent Assistance program and number of new affordable properties underway.

HH has recently taken the reigns of Santos GLNG’s Rent Assistance Program, which is available to financially support people with an existing tenancy who are experiencing housing stress - meaning more than 30 per cent of household income is absorbed by rental payments.

Subject to meeting employment and income requirements, residents in the Maranoa region can apply for temporary accommodation or assistance with ongoing rental payments, bond money and emergency funds following an accident or illness.

HH Chief Executive Officer Jason Cubit said the Rent Assistance initiative was a lifeline for struggling residents.

"The Rent Assistance program goes hand in hand with our plans to deliver more than 50 affordable properties within the Maranoa and Western Downs regions over the coming years. The Rent Assistance program will help us identify residents who need extra help and who may therefore be eligible for one of our properties," he said.

HH has shown its commitment to working in the region by recently opening an office in Roma, which will provide more accessible assistance to tenants.

In partnership with Santos GLNG, HH is progressing with work on sixteen fully furnished studio apartments on Acacia Road in Roma, which will be targeted towards non resource industry apprentice workers. Construction is expected to be completed by October this year.

Mr Cubit said the project was being developed to provide quality accommodation for key workers in the Roma region, so skilled people would not feel the need to leave the area in order to find more affordable housing.

"The aim is to attract and retain key industry apprentices and other skilled workers in the region - we don't want to see people forced to consider moving elsewhere due to a lack of affordable housing," he said.

"With work progressing well on the Acacia Road site, we will soon start to take applications for rentals, and we expect there will be plenty of demand judging by the response we have had for other projects in the region."
For more information about HH, its projects or the Rent Assist program, please contact the Regional Services Manager on 1300 133 027, visit www.horizonhousing.com.au or contact head office on (07) 5668-9400.