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Friday, 23 November 1979
Page: 2975

Senator Grimes asked the Minister representing the Minister for Housing and Construction, upon notice, on 23 August 1979:

(1)   How many pensioners in each State have been: (a) financially assisted personally; or (b) assisted in other ways personally, to rent privately in their own neighbourhoods, under the scheme to provide housing assistance for pensioners which came into operation on 1 July 1 978.

(2)   In what specific ways have pensioners in category (b) above been assisted.

(3)   Which non-profit organisations in each State have been given money to provide subsidised housing for pensioners; how many pensioners have benefited from this expenditure; and what evaluation of this form of rental assistance is planned.

Senator Webster - The Minister for Housing and Construction has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   (a)and(b)Nil.

(2)   Not relevant.

(3)   None from funds provided under the Housing Assistance Act 1978. However, non-profit organisations which provide housing for pensioners receive funds under the Aged or Disabled Persons Homes Act I9S4 and Aged Persons Hostels Act 1974. The latter two Acts are administered by the Minister for Social Security.

All States are applying funds provided under Part III of the Housing Assistance Act 1 978 for the construction or purchase of additional housing stock in various locations. In 1979-80, $30m is available for rental housing assistance to pensioners under the Act.

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