Minister for Human Services
Youth Homelessness Matters Day
5 April, 2017

Youth Homelessness Matters Day is part of a national campaign to create awareness of, and encourage action on, youth homelessness.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to investing in essential services to support the more vulnerable in the community.

That is why we are investing in crisis and supported accommodation to address unmet demand, particularly for young people.

Our Affordable Housing Action Plan includes a range of initiatives targeted at young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in each region of the state.

Considerable investment has gone into providing accommodation for young people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless and more is to come.

These developments include:

  • Newnham House, Launceston– This new $925,000 project will accommodate 11 young people living with a disability.
  • Youth at Risk Response Centre, Moonah – Under construction, providing accommodation options for up to nine young people with a live-in manager. As part of the Affordable Housing Strategy, $1.7 million has been allocated for this project.
  • Devonport Youth Accommodation – Under construction. This $7.5 million supported accommodation facility will deliver 25 independent units with communal facilities and consulting rooms for young people on low incomes, including five purpose-built units for young people living with disability who are under the NDIS
  • Youth Castles – Ongoing. This $300,000 innovative pilot project involves the supply of self-contained mobile homes that can be placed in the backyard of the family home. Two Castles have already provided, with another three castles anticipated to be delivered by the end of financial year.
  • Trinity Hill, North Hobart – Opened August 2016. This $14.2 million centre provides homes for up to 46 vulnerable Tasmanians aged 16 to 25 years who are homeless or at immediate risk.
  • Thyne House, Launceston – An additional eight new units will be added to the already existing 30 units for vulnerable youths aged 16 to 25 years who are homeless or at immediate risk.
  • Youth Head Leases – This initiative supports vulnerable or homeless youth to live independently with or without support from Housing Connect.  Funding of $10 000 will be provided to community housing managers for each home, payable when they enter into a lease with the landlord. Up to 50 properties are expected to be delivered through this initiative.

The Tasmanian Government is investing in affordable housing for all vulnerable Tasmanians. Our $73.5 million Affordable Housing Strategy will deliver affordable housing options for 1600 Tasmanian households including 900 additional homes for those in need. This is only possible because we have got the budget back in balance.