A fresh report into Tasmanian housing released today paints a terrible picture for people struggling to put a roof over their heads.
The December Housing Update from the University of Tasmania’s Housing and Community Research Unit shows that there is still a severe shortage of affordable housing, particularly in and around Hobart.
Shadow Minister for Housing Alison Standen said the problem continues to get worse while the Liberals sit on their hands.
“Today’s report from UTAS calls out the Hodgman Government for its failure to deliver affordable housing for Tasmanians,” Ms Standen said.
“It forecasts that there will be demand for 14,200 more affordable houses by 2036, which is almost 900 every year.
“To put that into context, the Liberals promised to build only 900 affordable homes in their first five years in Government and then failed to build even half that number.
“The report also details the mismatch of where people are moving against where housing is being built, which highlights further failures to plan by Will Hodgman and his Government.
“Good quality housing is fundamental to the wellbeing of society. If we want to live in a fairer society where people feel valued, we have to make sure that housing meets people’s needs.
“Tasmanians deserve better than the current cruel, lazy approach on display from the Liberals.”
Alison Standen – Shadow Housing Minister