New units for women at risk

25 August 2023|Community News| Off Comments off on New units for women at risk|

Representatives from the Salvation Army, VOS Construction and the Tasmanian Government have opened 22 units in Moonah that will provide homes for local women on the housing register.

The Government has contributed $5 million through Homes Tasmania in a $9.2 million partnership with the Salvation army to build the units to assist women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The former Salvation Army Moonah Corps site became available for the new development when the Salvation Army moved its church and Emergency Doorways Centre to Glenorchy.

State Development, Construction and Housing Minister Guy Barnett said the Government recognised that women were disproportionately affected by homelessness and acknowledged that it had a responsibility to provide for these most vulnerable residents. “The Tasmanian Government is working hard to deliver more housing for Tasmanians in need through projects such as this 22- unit development,” he said.

“Government is investing record amounts into new housing and homelessness programs, with more funding per capita than any other state.”

Mr Barnett said the Government was committing to long-term investment in tackling homelessness and proving affordable housing options and homelessness services across the state, making specific consideration to the challenges faced by women.

“There are more than 100 units of homelessness accommodation in our construction pipeline,” he said.

“We are developing a 20-year Tasmanian housing strategy which will deliver a long-term plan on how we provide housing and homelessness services to support Tasmanians.

“We recognise the barriers and challenges women face in securing safe accommodation, which is why we invest over $36 million each year in specialist homelessness services.”

Attorney-General and Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer attended the opening of the new three-storey complex, and said Homes Tasmania and the Government are “pulling every possible lever” to help increase supply and build more homes.

“This Salvation Army Housing development, in a perfect and central location in Moonah, will specifically improve the lives of Tasmanian women in need,” she said.

Anyone who is homeless or who is at risk of homelessness is encouraged to contact Housing Connect on 1800 800 588.

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