New pods expand shelter capacity

Roger Jaensch,Minister for Housing

The Gutwein majority Liberal Government is delivering on reducing homelessness and housing stress across Tasmania.

Today we see the first of 18 temporary accommodation units being delivered to Bethlehem House which is part of our $5 million Emergency Homeless Response to provide more emergency and short-term accommodation before winter.

A total of 35 additional dwellings are being provided to existing shelters under this response – 18 single bedroom ‘pods’ at Bethlehem House, 10 units for women and children at the Hobart Women’s Shelter and 7 family-sized units also managed by Hobart Women’s Shelter.

We welcome the opportunity to collaborate on solutions with local partners like Bethlehem House and the Hobart Women’s Shelter who have experience and expertise working with people who are facing homelessness.

This additional emergency and short-term accommodation will help to meet demand while we bring on line new permanent shelters and longer-term housing stock under our Affordable Housing Strategy.

This strategy is seeing an unprecedented level of State funding committed to addressing housing affordability and homelessness in Tasmania – a record $258 million over eight years.

The Gutwein majority Liberal Government is taking a multi-faceted approach to addressing housing stress and these new units at Bethlehem House, which should be operational by the end of March, are just one of many solutions rolling-out around the State.

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