Tasmania’s revolving door of homelessness

Tasmanian Labor
  • No end in sight to Tasmania’s housing crisis
  • More Tasmanians are waiting for appropriate, safe and secure housing
  • Peter Gutwein must act now, ahead of cold winter
  • People in Tasmania who are homeless, or at risk, do worse than anywhere else in the country after accessing homelessness services.

    Shadow Minister for Housing Alison Standen said Peter Gutwein and Roger Jaensch need to do more to stop the revolving door of homelessness for vulnerable Tasmanians.

    “Nearly 8 per cent of Tasmanians who need to use homelessness services are not able to be settled in a secure home, and are homeless again within a year.

    “This rate is the highest in the country and demonstrates that Tasmania’s housing crisis is far from over.

    “Since the Liberals came to government public housing waiting lists have increased by more than 50 per cent, wait times for priority applicants have increased from 21 to 61 weeks, and rental affordability is the worst in the country.”

    Ms Standen said today’s report from the Productivity Commission noted that many people who need help don’t get it.

    “The report noted that 23 per cent of people needing homelessness accommodation services in Tasmania do not receive them.

    “The Liberals have failed to build the number of homes they promised, leaving more people without a safe place to call home.

    “Peter Gutwein can’t claim to be compassionate if he takes us into another Tasmanian winter without taking action to get people off waiting lists and into homes.”

    Alison Standen

    Shadow Housing Minister

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