Budget 2018 – Housing investment is essential

Shelter Tas, Tasmania’s peak body for housing and homelessness services, welcomes the State Government’s recognition of the housing crisis in Tasmania by bringing forward $25m, and the recommitment of funds for Tasmania’s Affordable Housing Strategy Stage II.

“Achieving positive outcomes in areas such as health and education depends on people having safe and secure homes. Investment in affordable housing is essential for Tasmania’s community and economy”, Ms Chugg said.

“Tasmania is confronting a housing crisis, we see it in the media daily, and community concern has never been higher. To solve the problem, we need even more money brought forward and our public housing debt retired”, Ms Chugg said.

The recent Rental Affordability Index showed escalating levels of unaffordable rents across Tasmania, with Hobart topping the list as the least affordable capital in the nation. Over 8,000 low income households are experiencing rental stress, and over 3,500 households are still on the social housing waiting list. The lack of affordable and safe housing is the biggest cause of homelessness, and we know that homelessness is increasing. On any given night over 1,600 Tasmanians have no place to call home.

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