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Help for veterans at risk of homelessness

VETERANS facing homelessness have been delivered fair access to assistance under new changes announced by the Palaszczuk Government.

Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni said income eligibility for the Bond Loan and Rental Grant programs will be expanded to include Veterans' Affairs disability payments.

"Recipients of Veterans' Affairs disability payments could be helped by a Bond Loan or Rental Grant, but currently can't access them due to income limits for these services." Mr de Brenni said.

"I was alerted to the need for changes by a former Navy veteran who told me straight up that we have to do something to help homeless veterans.

"I fundamentally believe that reforms like this is what good government is all about."

The changes will deliver eligibility for assistance to people receiving the Veterans' Affairs Total and Permanent Impairment Disability Pensions and Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Special Payments.

Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson encouraged any local veterans doing it tough to get in touch with the local Housing Service Centre.

"These changes are in place now so if you or someone you know could benefit from these changes please get in touch with your local Housing Service Centre," Ms Donaldson said.

"These men and women fought for freedom for all Australians and the Palaszczuk Government is proud to deliver dignity to them in return."

Topics:  homelessness veterans


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