2018 Tasmanian budget: housing package disappoints social sector

Peak social and housing bodies have reacted angrily to the state budget, observing there is no new money for affordable housing other than a previously announced extra $25 million for the government’s Affordable Housing Strategy.

The stategy will receive $45 million over next financial year and $125 million over the forward estimates.

The strategy’s second phase is expected to provide 1500 more affordable homes and assist 2000 households.

Of the $125 million over five years, $20 million will be set aside for housing for people living with disability.

The budget shows a $4.3 million boost for housing services funding with $136.3 million allocated.

TasCOSS chief executive Kym Goodes (pictured) said it was a missed opportunity for the government to re-balance investment and rebuild for the next generation.

“When you have a $161 million surplus and people are sleeping rough, it will be hard to understand why it is a good budget,” she said.

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