Community sector crowd funding to support homeless Tasmanians

Tasmanian Labor
  • Community
    sector crowd funding solutions to homelessness
  • Will Hodgman’s
    Government contributes a drop in the ocean
  • Housing
    crisis a daily reality for thousands of Tasmanians
  • Will Hodgman’s Government has failed
    Tasmanians who are sleeping rough or experiencing housing stress.

    Shadow Housing Minister Alison Standen said
    community organisations such as The Salvation Army and the Hobart City Mission have
    had to go cap in hand to Tasmanians to fund homelessness initiatives such as
    the Safe Night Space program.

    “While we welcome the Government’s contribution to the Safe Night Space program, it falls well short of what’s needed. The community sector is resorting to crowd funding the program, instead of government delivering essential services.

    “We commend those community organisations,
    and we again call on Will Hodgman’s Government to do more.”

    Ms Standen said the government’s contribution
    leaves a shortfall of $125,000 for the Safe Night Space program.

    “In June Roger Jaensch responded to mounting community and media pressure by announcing extra funding for immediate action to reduce homelessness and housing stress.

    “Since then, he hasn’t said when or how
    that $5 million would be spent, or how many people have received ‘immediate’
    assistance out of homelessness.

    “On any given night, more than 1,600
    Tasmanians are homeless, with many people relying on their friends and families
    by couch surfing, or living in sheds, cars or tents.”

    Ms Standen said experts agree the crisis in
    housing affordability and homelessness is getting worse.

    “In 2014 the Liberal Government inherited
    an average wait time of about 20 weeks for priority housing applicants to be
    housed, which has now blown out to 67 weeks; and more than 3,300 families are
    currently on the waiting list.

    “It begs the question why Roger Jaensch hasn’t fully funded the shortfall given there’s been so little to show for the purported investment of $5 million to immediately improve the lives of vulnerable Tasmanians.”

    Alison Standen

    Shadow Housing Minister

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