Minister for Human Services
Homelessness Week 2017
07 August, 2017

A key priority of the Hodgman Liberal Government is supporting Tasmanians in need, which is why we have continued to invest in our $73.5 million Affordable Housing Action Plan in the 2017-18 Budget.

Our innovative housing plan is the most comprehensive housing strategy ever undertaken in this State, delivering affordable housing options for 1600 Tasmanian households over four years.

This includes our Community Housing Stock Leverage program, which will result in 203 new and refurbished homes for Tasmanians who need them- 203 homes that Labor and the Greens oppose being built or substantially renovated because they are against this innovative project.

Not only do they oppose these homes, they have offered no alternative- no policies or plans for homelessness or affordable housing.

Other major projects to be undertaken as part of the 2017-18 Budget also include:

  • 8 additional units for young people at the Thyne House Youth Supported Accommodation Facility in Launceston, to help youth to re-engage with education, training or a job;
  • 9 units at the new Youth at Risk Response Centre at Moonah, as well as an additional $800,000 a year to run the centre for homeless or at risk of homelessness youth by providing a safe and secure place for young people to live under the supervision of a live-in manager;
  • 25 units at the new Devonport Youth Supported Accommodation Facility, which is adjacent to 23 serviced lots which will provide for affordable housing in a prime location, as well as a new group home for people living with disability;
  • A new Hobart Women’s Shelter, which will provide a 37 per cent increase on existing crisis accommodation;
  • Commencement of landlord initiatives designed to help vulnerable Tasmanians get into the private rental market; and
  • Commencement of up to 75 units under the Regional Supply Initiative.

As well as addressing affordable housing, our housing plan will create up to 550 full-time equivalent jobs and increase economic activity by $235 million over the four years.

The Hodgman Liberal Government’s Affordable Housing Action Plan, like Homelessness Week, is focused on action and innovation. We know there is always more to do for the growing number of people needing affordable housing, which is why, with the Budget back into balance, the Hodgman Liberal Government is continuing to invest in initiatives to support Tasmanians in need.