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A look inside the new men’s shelter in North-West Tasmania

A state-of-the art men’s shelter opened last week in Devonport, providing a comfortable home-like environment for men who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Marram Place provides shelter for up to eight men, including an option for fathers with children (and pets) who will have access to emergency accommodation.

The shelter is one of several new facilities that have received funding from the Tasmanian Government, led by Premier Jeremy Rockcliff.

Tasmanian Government makes room for homeless men (AMHF, 20 November 2023)

Minister for Housing and Construction Nic Street said that Marram Place is the first of its kind on the North-West Coast and will provide crucial wraparound services to vulnerable men.

A 2021 Census revealed more men experience homelessness in Tasmania (56%) and almost 70% of homeless men live in improvised dwellings, tents or sleep outs.

“I am proud that this $2.5 million investment by the Rockliff Liberal Government is now set to provide accommodation in a home-like environment for men, with or without children, who are homeless,” Minister Street said.

“This service will be provided by respected community provider CatholicCare and will help residents transition to more stable living arrangements.

“This purpose-built facility is part of our ambitious commitment to end homelessness by 2043."

The two-storey facility includes seven single-bedroom units with ensuites, as well as two living rooms, a kitchen, courtyards, a gym and two interview rooms.

A separate three-bedroom apartment can accommodate a father with up to four children aged 0 to 18 years.

There is also a separate bedroom for a staff member to allow a 24/7 presence at the site.

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