You are viewing an archived copy of this website captured Fri Jan 11 14:54:52 AEDT 2013

Investing in new Affordable Housing

Thu 17 May 2012

Cassy O'Connor

Minister for Human Services

The 2012-13 State Budget will build on the unprecedented investment in affordable housing around Tasmania, the Minister for Human Services, Cassy O'Connor said today.

Ms O'Connor said funding for housing services had been increased by $10 million for the coming financial year.

"This will deliver more investment for maintenance, including energy-efficiency to help tenants keep down power bills and manage cost of living pressures," Ms O'Connor said.

"At the same time we are rolling out continued investment in new homes."

Ms O'Connor said that over 2012-13, $14.2 million from the Housing Fund would continue to be spent on projects aimed at increasing the supply of affordable housing, including:

  • land acquisition for the development of affordable housing sites ($1.0 million);
  • contributions towards social housing reform projects, including the transfer of tenancy and property management to community housing organisations and capital improvements ($3.5 million);
  • construction of 35 units at Brisbane Street, Hobart ($1.5 million); and
  • the continuation of support for the National Rental Affordability Scheme ($8.2 million).

"Since January 2009, we've seen an unprecedented investment from the State and Federal Governments in affordable housing that has delivered more than 1200 new affordable homes," Ms O'Connor said.

"We're on target to exceed our goal of 1400 new affordable homes by the end of next month.

"This is more than just putting a roof over someone's head, it's about building stronger communities by helping disadvantaged Tasmanians connect with the people around them and get the support they need.

"This funding will ensure that work continues."

Ms O'Connor said funding of $7.8 million has also been provided for Housing Tasmania's capital program, including the purchase and construction of public housing.

"We are working to deliver a range of different housing models to meet the diverse needs of Tasmanians," she said.

"Our supported accommodation is helping people who are homeless and on low incomes. 

"For example, Thyne House in Launceston is designed specifically for young people and links them to employment, education and training and their community."

Ms O'Connor said that significant work was progressing through housing reform which would transfer the tenancy and property management of around 4 000 properties state-wide to a number of community housing organisations.

"We are making changes to how we deliver housing so it continues to meet the needs of Tasmanians into the future," she said.

"Housing reform is our first step in developing a sustainable social housing system that will support future growth.

"These changes will harness the benefits that community housing organisations can bring to low income housing, providing choice to tenants, new services and new funding into our housing system."

Investing in new Affordable Housing