Joint Statement from Community Sector on Responses to Housing & Homeless in Hobart

Housing connect is working on the ground with Tasmanians every day to support their housing needs. ShelterTas and TasCOSS are the peak bodies representing the community sector and low income disadvantaged Tasmanians.

Every day in Tasmania, the Housing Connect partners, Anglicare, Colony 47, Hobart City Mission, the Salvation Army and CatholicCare are on the ground working with people who are severely disadvantaged including people who are currently experiencing housing stress.

As emergency relief organisations, we have welcomed the additional resources provided by the Tasmanian Government to respond in securing emergency accommodation for people in need during the winter period.

These resources have allowed Housing Connect to provide support workers over the past few weeks to understand and respond to the housing need of people both at the Showgrounds and Berriedale sites.

The resources have also allowed Housing Connect to locate and secure a number of properties for people in need over winter.

Housing Connect, ShelterTas and TasCOSS are working together to advocate and lobby for longer term solutions, however we recognise that finding a resolution to homelessness is a whole of community response.

We have been delighted that both short stay accommodation providers and private landlords have made options available for the program.

We continue to look for appropriate accommodation as further requests arise and would welcome any properties that may be available for this purpose.

If people need housing support or they have a property option available they should contact Housing Connect.

In the last fortnight we have sourced 6 properties with two more option currently under negotiaton. These have supported people from both the showgrounds and Berriedale sites as well as others.

The $500,000 is targeted to secure houses to ensure those who are sleeping rough have safe, appropriate, secure homes over the winter. This is a short term, six month package.

Fact sheet
  •  As of the middle of end of the week, we have sourced 6 properties including houses andcabins to accommodate the range of different needs of the small family groups and individuals who have been living at the Showgrounds and Berriedale. We are also negotiating with landlords to make two additional properties available over the coming weeks.
  • Today there are 8 people who were living in tents on these sites who are now living in safer and more sheltered accommodation.
  • We also have accommodation options available for another two families who are currently on these sites.
  • We are still looking for options for accommodation including 3 single men who have pets who are seeking assistance.
  • The current scope for Housing Connect emergency response is to:
    • Source short term accommodation options and provide support for those with the highest needs.  This is – people at risk of or currently rough sleeping.
    • Housing Connect do not own or manage houses, we support people to access options that are appropriate for their needs. This is challenging, as there is a shortage of available properties.