As part of the Housing Summit discussions earlier this year, the Housing Connect partners (Colony 47, Salvation Army, Anglicare CatholicCare and Hobart City Mission) identified an immediate need to provide housing for people who were at risk of rough sleeping over the winter period.
As a result of these discussions, the Tasmanian Government committed $500,000 over the next 6 months to provide immediate emergency accommodation options in the Greater Hobart area, for these Tasmanians in need.
CEO of Colony 47, Danny Sutton said that the Housing Connect partners in Southern Tasmania had welcomed having the additional funds available to assist clients during the winter period.
“In our work with people sleeping rough in winter, we know that the cold temperatures, rain and strong wind can have significant impacts on their health and wellbeing,” said Mr Sutton.
“The funds will provide around $350,000 for accommodation for people in warm and safe conditions in cabins and homes, and $150,000 for people to find the accommodation, find the clients who are sleeping rough and to work with the clients to ensure that they can sustain their housing over the winter period,” he said.
This announcement builds on work of the Government and 34 peak bodies and stakeholders who attended the Housing Summit in March.
Colony 47 looks forward to working with the Government as they roll out a number of actions to increase affordable and secure housing options for all Tasmanians.