Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing In Queensland

Affordable housing is an issue affecting many low income Australians, with many people relying on a government pension as their only source of income. There are currently over 10,000 people on assisted accommodation waiting lists across Queensland, and the demand is increasing.

To meet this significant community need, Y-Care (South East Queensland) Inc. has purchased over 2,700 square metres of land in Nerang and has developed - with the Queensland Government's Department of Housing – Two affordable housing facilities with a total of one hundred and nine units which provide quality, affordable accommodation to people in necessitous circumstances.

Tenants for these affordable housing villages will be selected from Department of Housing waiting lists and will be those of with the highest need.

One of the distinct advantages Y-Care can provide to this model is the range of other YMCA services and programs that can be added in order to further reduce the distress and suffering seen as a result of poverty and misfortune.

Programs that will be made available include:

  • Health and recreational services
  • Education services
  • Low-cost, pre-packaged meals

Our Facilities

Our affordable housing units are a combination of one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and studio units, available at a low rental cost for those registered with Queensland Housing.

Our facilities are equipped with the following amenities:

  • Community room
  • BBQ area
  • Coin laundry
  • Bicycles for rent
  • Free lending library
  • Pool table (Melville place)
  • Well-maintained lawns and gardens

Our mission goes beyond the basic provision of affordable housing. We aim to create an enjoyable and inclusive living environment through:

  • Community BBQs
  • Harvest Market every Sunday
  • Linking our tenants to external social services and recreational activities

The following range of YMCA services and offerings are available to reduce the effects of financial hardship:

  • Health and recreational services
  • Education services
  • Low-cost, pre-packaged meals
  • Starter packs of basic household items

How To Qualify

Eligibility for tenancy of YMCA Affordable Housing units will be determined by the eligibility for Housing Assistance set by the Queensland Department of Housing. Prospective tenants must comply with Department eligibility guidelines, and are referred to the YMCA by the Department of Housing from the central waiting list.

Department of Housing Guidelines for eligibility of housing assistance includes meeting set criteria of:

  • Residency
  • Residential property ownership
  • Independent income
  • Household income
  • Persons enquiring directly to the YMCA will be referred back to the Department of Housings Robina Housing Service Center to discuss housing eligibility and application.




Level 4, 4 Railway Pde
Nerang, Gold Coast, QLD 4211

Ph: 07 5503 7440
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