Minister for Human Services
123 New Homes for Tasmanians in Need Under Housing Stock Leverage Program
09 June 2016

More than 120 new homes will be delivered for Tasmanian families in need under a major initiative of the Liberal Government’s Affordable Housing Action Plan.

Today, I am pleased to announce that negotiations are well advanced with community housing providers to deliver 123 new homes and to substantially refurbish another 30.

As we said it would, our Community Housing Stock Leverage Program will transfer the titles of around 500 public housing properties to allow community housing providers to borrow against their value to build additional homes.

Importantly, despite having their title transferred, these 500 homes will remain available for community housing. Contrary to the false claims of Labor and the Greens, tenants will not be evicted; houses will not be sold out from underneath them.

This is about putting a roof over the heads of vulnerable Tasmanians, and it remains a shame that while the initiative is backed by key peak bodies, including Shelter Tasmania and TASCOSS, Labor and the Greens continue to scaremonger.

By working with the community housing sector, we will be delivering an additional 123 homes for Tasmanians in need without the estimated $30.75 million price tag that it would cost the Government to build these houses.

The Government will also be investing about $2 million to substantially upgrade another 30 houses.

What should not be forgotten is that community housing providers are not-for-profit organisations that share our commitment to providing homes for people in need.

With agreements expected to be finalised soon, the program is also good news for our building industry, and will help to create as many as 150 jobs in construction.

New and refurbished homes will be allocated to Priority Applications from the Housing Tasmania Register, ensuring that those in the greatest need are given the opportunity to have a home sooner.

All new homes will be built to Housing Tasmania’s design standards for liveability, including being accessible for older people and those living with disability, and they will also be energy efficient.