Hodgman Govt Increases Housing Expenditure In 2016-17 Budget

Hodgman Govt Increases Housing Expenditure In 2016-17 Budget

Tasmania Minister for Human Services Jacquie Petrusma

Affordable Housing Strategy Update

Victor P Taffa

A key priority of the Hodgman Government is supporting vulnerable Tasmanians in need which is why we are making a huge investment in affordable housing, Minister for Human Services Jacquie Petrusma said.

“With the Budget back in balance, under Tasmania’s first Affordable Housing Strategy we are implementing our $73.5 Million Affordable Housing Action Plan.” Ms. Petrusma said.

“This will deliver affordable housing options for 1,600 Tasmanian households over four years, on top of around 1,000 families housed each year through Housing Connect and those assisted by Private Rental Assistance which was 3,544 households last year.”

At the end of the March Quarter the Affordable Housing Action Plan has resulted in 286 new households getting access to safe and affordable housing.

Affordable Housing Action Plan has 27 different initiatives which include the following either under construction or development:

  • Upgrade of Newnham House- Launceston
  • Youth at Risk Response Centre in Moonah
  • Devonport Youth Accommodation
  • Youth Castles being rolled out across the state
  • Private Developer Purchase Program Stage 1 and 2
  • The Somerset Older Person Units Project
  • New Hobart Women’s Shelter
  • Devonport Specialist Disability Accommodation Project
  • Community Housing Stock Leverage Program
  • Site Redevelopment Program Stage 1 and 2
  • Dads and Kids Facility
  • Additional HomeShare Funding
  • Land Releases
  • Landlord Private Rental Access Program.

New affordable housing initiatives and actions will also inject $235 Million into the Tasmanian economy and create up to 550 full-time equivalent jobs over four years.

“Hodgman Government is getting on with the job of delivering essential services to Tasmanians in need. This is in contrast to Labor who has no plan for affordable housing or addressing homelessness.” Ms. Petrusma said.