first_imgMore supported housing for Tasmanians in need 13 December Roger Jaensch,Minister for HousingThe former Waratah Hotel in Hobart is now operational as a long-term supported accommodation facility, as part of the Tasmanian Government’s plan to increase the availability of supported accommodation in Tasmania.The refurbishment has delivered a 24-unit facility for single men who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness and require supported accommodation, with the first tenants expected to be allocated before Christmas.The site will be managed by Bethlehem House, with the Government committing $1.7 million to support its operation over the next three years.It adds to other measures we are taking to alleviate homelessness right around the State, including:18 temporary accommodation units for homeless men at Bethlehem House;10 two-bedroom accommodation pods at the Hobart Women’s Shelter;7 additional family sized units to be managed by the Hobart Women’s Shelter;Partnering with with Hobart City Mission to provide 31 supported accommodation units at the former Balmoral Motor Inn; andExpansion of Thyne House and Magnolia Place in Launceston, a new men’s shelter in Devonport and new youth foyers in Burnie and Hobart.The recent Budget also committed $16.8 million to continue the Safe Space program as a 24/7 wrap-around service in Burnie, Launceston and Hobart, ensuring that Tasmanians who are sleeping rough can access a safe overnight refuge, and the supports they need to access other health and housing services.The Budget also locks in more than $300 million to deliver new housing and homelessness initiatives to help our most vulnerable, including $100 million to build up to 1000 new homes over three years, with an EOI currently underway.We will continue to do all we can to help Tasmanians in need into safe and secure housing that meets their needs, right across the State. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Balmoral, Burnie, Devonport, Family, Government, Hobart, homeless, homelessness, housing, Launceston, Minister, operation, space, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, womenlast_img read more