Rehousing flood-affected ongoing task
PRIVATE rental affordability and the cost of living in Emerald are the chief indicators of the lingering ripples of pain for flood-affected residents.
Kelly Uhr, chair of the flood recovery’s community support health and wellbeing subgroup, said a project started in April to identify and progress housing issues for people forced out of their homes by water damage remained ongoing.
“We’re trying to find out what housing issues there are as a result of the flood and how we need to address that,” she said.
“The Department of Communities has allocated temporary housing and accommodation to deal with these people and also people who may just need temporary accommodation through repairs.
“Keep applying through Anglicare if you need accommodation as there are houses specifically for that reason and if we’re not using them, they’re going to go elsewhere.”
A meeting of Emerald real estate agents and the subgroup this week identified available rental stock but Ms Uhr acknowledged there were now affordability concerns.
“We still have people living in our temporary accommodation and the issue of affordability of rent will certainly be a challenge if they go back in to the private market,” she said.
“We have established a really good partnership with the local real estate agents in that they’re able to seriously talk about the issue,” she said.
“They’re not just there to rent and sell – they’re also concerned about the impact on our community.”
Ms Uhr said data on the numbers of displaced flood families and individuals would be used to bargain for more social housing. Anglicare can be contacted on 4982 4062.
“They’re not just there to rent and sell – they’re also concerned about the impact on our community.” Kelly Uhr