Tenants of Hobart social housing worried about their future under new landlord

The new operator of a social housing complex in Hobart’s CBD is adamant no residents will be left homeless by a change to the tenant mix.

Next month Anglicare will take over the Goulburn Street property, which has been run by the Salvation Army on behalf of the Tasmanian Government for the past 18 months.

The complex was one of two buildings to open in Hobart in 2012 under the Common Ground model.

It’s based around a 50-50 mix of people who were previously homeless and low-wage affordable housing tenants who earn less than $45,000 a year.

Ms Robinson was one of the first Common Ground tenants to move in six years ago, after being homeless for most of her life.

“I’ve been a major drug addict, I was a prostitute, (involved in) crime, organised crime, I was involved in a lot of things that I’m not proud of,” she said.

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