$30m funding for Hobart’s affordable housing

In the City Deal announced by the Morrison Government last week, all three levels of government have come together to improve Hobart’s housing for Tasmanians on low to moderate incomes.

Three community housing providers in Tasmania will benefit from the deal. Housing Choices Tasmania, Community Housing Limited and CatholicCare Tasmania are the three providers who will be receiving the funding, and they are all members of Shelter Tasmania and the CHIA Tasmania group. $30 million has been allocated to creating over 100 new affordable dwellings in the greater Hobart area, in a partnership between the government and the community housing sector.

“Our Hobart City Deal will open the city and Tasmania up for locals and for the world,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

Shelter Tasmania, the peak body for housing and homelessness in Tasmania, welcomes the government’s move to increase the supply of affordable homes across the state’s capital.

“Given that Hobart is now Australia’s least affordable capital city for renters, here is an urgent need to boost the supply of social housing and address Tasmania’s rental housing crisis,” said Pattie Chugg, Executive Officer of Shelter Tasmania.

“It is great to see the City Deal recognising that housing is essential infrastructure,” she continued.

Currently, the community housing sector in Tasmania manages 6,076 properties – with this number only due to increase following the Government’s City Deal.

“Initiatives like this need to be implemented on a much larger scale to deliver social housing to meet our state’s escalating need. We call on State and Federal Governments to invest in housing as a top priority,” Ms Chugg said.

Read the Prime Minister’s media report on the City Deal here.