More Safe Places for women and children

Roger Jaensch,Minister for Housing

The Tasmanian Government is continuing to support women and children affected by family violence across the State with $9.3 million from the State and Federal Governments to upgrade and expand three women’s shelters.

Magnolia House in the North and Jireh House and the Salvation Army in the South will receive $5.3 million in funding from the State Government for crucial upgrades, matched by $4 million from the Commonwealth’s Safe Places Grant Program.

This will allow more women to access care and support from these organisations, ensuring they have access to safe and secure accommodation, support services, and assistance to help them in their time of need.

Magnolia House will receive $4.6 million in capital and operational funding in this Budget, along with $1.9 million from the Commonwealth to expand their operations and offer improved communal spaces and 15 more one, two and three bedroom units for women and children escaping family violence.

Jireh House will receive more than $800,000 from the State and Federal Governments so that they can expand their services through the purchase of a three bedroom home, and the construction of another three bedroom home.

The Salvation Army will receive more than $2.5 million in State and Federal funding to deliver six additional one and two bedroom units for women and children escaping family violence.

It expands on work already done over the last 18 months, including a further eight units that have been delivered with Catholic Care, seven extra family sized units that have been secured and will be managed by Hobart Women’s Shelter, and the delivery of a further 10 two-bedroom units through Hobart Women’s Shelter.

The Tasmanian Government is committed to supporting survivors of family violence and we will continue doing all we can to help Tasmanians in need right across the State.

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