Social housing waiting list dropped over 30% in last year

GLADSTONE'S social housing waiting list has decreased by more than 30% in the past year.

In March 2012, there were 324 families and individuals on the waiting list, while the number has dropped to 226 as at September 2013.

The Queensland Government says the improvement was a direct result of its commitment to revitalise front- line services.

Housing Minister Tim Mander said the reduction of 99 households needing social housing was a great result, with some securing places under the National Rental Affordability Scheme.

"Others will have found places in the private rental market thanks to some of the other types of assistance we offer," he said.

"Obviously there are people who will always need social housing and for whom we have an enduring responsibility, but there are plenty of others who are perfectly capable of sustaining a private tenancy if they get the right help."

Interest-free bond loans and rental programs have also helped households.