THE doors of seven brand new units have swung open in Glenorchy to help provide appropriate and affordable homes for Tasmanians in need.
The units are part of the state government’s Affordable Action Plan, which will see more than 900 new homes built around the state, housing around 1600 vulnerable Tasmanians during a four-year period.
Minister for Human Services Jacquie Petrusma said with the growing economy and the Budget under control, the government could now put a greater investment in protecting vulnerable people.
“The new units, which I visited in Glenorchy recently, are an example of how we are working to provide housing the meets the needs of tenants,” she said.
Built as “adaptable housing”, the units are purposefully designed for the elderly or people living with disability.
Ms Petrusma said the majority of tenants now living in these units had mobility issues and either used a wheelchair or required a home with no stairs.
“Not only are these new homes built to provide easy access, they are also located close to shopping, transport and medical services,” she said.
“Each two-bedroom unit has also received a six-star energy efficiency rating, which helps to keep living costs down.”
New resident Tom Hamilton said the unit helped him better care for his wife, Pam, who required the assistance of a walking frame.
“The unit makes getting around so much easier, as our old home required us to go up and down a flight of stairs – we even use to jokingly call it Mount Everest,” he said.
“Our new unit is now so close to everything we need and we have a community of like-minded people around us, so we all help each other out.
“I think these houses are a great idea and there should definitely be more housing options like this to help people in need.”
Ms Petrusma said she was pleased to see that the tenants were “very happy” with their new homes.
Caption: Tom and Pam Hamilton give Minister for Human Services Jacquie Petrusma a tour of their new unit, which was one of seven recently built in Glenorchy for vulnerable Tasmanians.