Labor will build facilities and provide services for homelessness that Liberals have refused

Tasmanian Labor
  • Heartless Gutwein Government have told vulnerable Tasmanians they are on their own
  • New $52.2 million commitment will build emergency accommodation for Tasmanians falling through the cracks under Gutwein
  • Additional case workers will support people at risk to get secure housing
  • Tasmania’s deepening
    homelessness crisis is a direct result of the Liberal Government’s heartless
    and deliberate decision to place the state’s most vulnerable in a too-hard
    basket.

    Labor Leader Rebecca White
    said after seven years of neglect, the Gutwein Government had no priority to
    address Tasmania’s growing homelessness crisis and only a Majority Labor
    Government would provide solutions with a $52.2 million package to build
    additional emergency accommodation and employ additional case workers to assist
    the state’s most vulnerable.

    Ms White said Labor would
    commit $12.6 million over four years for case workers across a range of areas
    to help secure housing for homeless Tasmanians and those at risk of
    homelessness and $39.6 million over four years to build and fund additional
    supported and emergency accommodation.

    “Every night in Tasmania
    more than 1,600 people are homeless and that’s a sad and shocking situation,” Ms
    White said.

    “What’s also shocking is
    that Peter Gutwein and members of his government have been prepared to walk
    past the homeless, those Tasmanians at risk of homelessness and some of our
    most vulnerable and turn the other way.

    “There has been no priority
    by this Liberal Government to address this critical issue and provide shelter
    to Tasmanians who are sleeping in their cars or tents or relying on the
    kindness of friends or family for a roof over their heads.

    “Too many people are falling
    between the cracks of a broken service system rather than getting the support
    they need to get into secure housing and maintain their tenancy.

    “We will employ additional
    case workers to assist people within and leaving crisis or temporary
    accommodation, people at risk of homelessness when they are discharged from the
    health system, people exiting the justice system and Aboriginal people at risk of
    homelessness.

    “It’s time to be realistic
    about the spiralling homelessness situation in our state and provide Tasmanians
    with the services they need to find shelter.”

    Ms White said a Majority
    Labor Government will invest $39.6 million to build and fund supported and
    emergency accommodation services including:

    • $6 million for disability accommodation
    • $6 million for children and young people exiting from out of home care in the north and north west
    • $9 million to reduce the risk of young people becoming homeless
    • $7.6 million to build and operated a men’s shelter in the north west
    • $6 million to expand Rapid re-housing and
    • $5 million for transition independent living units for drug and alcohol and mental ill health patients

    “This package will support
    647 vulnerable Tasmanians experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

    “Crisis and supported accommodation facilities will be built state-wide in consultation with specialist homelessness services in areas with the greatest demand.”

    Shadow Housing Minister
    Alison Standen said the number of Tasmanians experiencing homelessness had
    steadily increased over the past seven years of the Liberal Government and data
    from Shelter Tasmania shows the vast majority were aged under 44.

    “Younger Tasmanians aged
    between 12 and 24 make up a quarter of all people experiencing homelessness
    followed by Tasmanians aged between 25 and 34,” Ms Standen said.

    “The majority of those 1,600
    Tasmanians experiencing homelessness every night are couch surfing or staying
    in severely overcrowded houses, boarding houses or simply sleeping rough in
    tents and parks.

    “This is information that has been readily available to Peter Gutwein and his government but over seven years but there has been absolutely no priority given to finding a solution and, in fact, there has been an appalling attitude to simply turn the other way.

    “The situation has to change and only Labor has a plan to address this crucial issue.”

    Rebecca White MP

    Labor Leader

    Alison Standen MP

    Shadow Minister for Housing

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