More public housing called for as houses stand empty and families face housing stress

Shelter Tasmania is pressing the government to build more public housing as part of its promise to triple affordable house numbers.

The state’s peak housing body was responding to the government’s recent promise to build 2700 new low income houses in the next eight years.

“The state has a chronic shortage of affordable housing,” said a Shelter Tasmania spokesperson.

“With a backlog of over 3000 social housing applications, we would like to see the majority of this investment targeted to new social housing supply,” said the spokesperson.

The promise to build more low income houses came just before the government announced it had cut social housing waiting lists by 20 per cent, or almost 800 tenants.

However it was revealed that the cut was the result of removing people from the waiting list, rather than from housing them.

Tasmania has Australia’s highest proportion of low income households.

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