4 November 2020|Community News| Off Comments off on NEW SUPPORTED HOUSING PROGRAM|

HOBART City Mission, with the support of the State Government, has purchased the Balmoral Motor Inn in Glenorchy to provide supported housing for people on the Housing Tasmania priority list.

The former inn will be transformed into supported accommodation, with 32 living units being provided to people experiencing homelessness, people with a disability and people who are coming out of hospital with no place to go.

The State Government has committed $2.1 million with Hobart City Mission contributing a further $2.2 million for the property acquisition.

Hobart City Mission will fund the ongoing program costs, which includes 24/7 support staff.

Hobart City Mission chief executive officer John Stubley said the purchase would help ease the continued demand for public housing in southern Tasmania.

“There’s a lot of people at the moment who are struggling to find accommodation,” he said.

“The people who are sleeping rough, the ones who are doing it tough, I’m afraid to say it, but they’re the ones that are not going to get a look in at an open house.

“This is an opportunity for people who are sleeping rough to have somewhere to live.”

Mr Stubley said meals would be provided on site as the rooms did not have kitchens.

“We will be working with people to build their skillset so they’re in a position to move – we see it as a natural transition for people to move onto more long-term accommodation,” he said.

“We will work with our staff to identify those who aspire to move on to a more permanent suburban based accommodation option.

“We are also incredibly grateful to one of our amazing donors who have made a significant contribution to the purchase of this property, and to the community for their incredible support over the last six months which has made this possible.

“A generous bequest from the late Donald Taylor will contribute to the ongoing costs of the program.

“Hobart City Mission is very focused on meeting unmet need in the community, and at the moment, housing is the unmet need, so we see this as an opportunity to help meet that need.

“The launch of our successful 24/7 Safe Space program has provided an option for people experiencing primary homelessness, and this is the next piece in the puzzle.”

Housing Minister Roger Jaensch said the accommodation would support those people who were coming out of shelters, but weren’t ready to support themselves in an individual living situation.

“There’s some gaps in the middle for people who don’t need to be in a shelter anymore, but aren’t ready or able to support themselves independently in the housing market or in a social housing property by themselves – this is where supported accommodation facilities fit in,” he said.

“We’re delivering on our plans to provide more roofs over the heads of Tasmanians who need it, as well as homelessness services and these in-between services for people who need help with their housing, but not necessarily a stand-alone dwelling.”

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