HACC funding boost for Qld

The Commonwealth and Queensland governments have announced $14.9 million in extra funding for the states Home and Community Care projects.

The Commonwealth and Queensland governments have announced $9 million in funding for the state’s Home and Community Care (HACC) program.

The joint funding will be used to deliver affordable and accessible care to help meet the needs of older people, people with disabilities and their carers.

The Rudd Government contributed close to$5.75 million towards the package and the Queensland Government contributed more than $3.14 million.

Ageing Minister Justine Elliot and the Member for Brisbane, Arch Bevis announced the renewed funding during a visit to the Footprints in Brisbane service in Teneriffe.

Footprints in Brisbane provides community-based support for older people who are homeless, people with disabilities and people with mental illnesses in Brisbane’s northern suburbs.

The organisation will receive an additional $245,960 to support more clients who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or are in insecure housing.

Mr Bevis said services like Footprints in Brisbane make a big difference to vulnerable members of the community.

“I am delighted this service will be able to provide more services to more people who really need them in our area,” he said

“The homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless don’t – or are unable to – access aged care services and support at the same levels as the rest of the community. Today’s funding will help improve access to these and other essential services.”

Other groups that received more funding include Jymbilung House Aged and Disabled Care Services, Kowanyama Aged Care Centre and ALANI.

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