Tasmanian Government makes room for homeless men
The Tasmanian Liberal Government chose International Men’s Day to talk about men’s experience of homelessness in the state.
The Minister for Housing and Construction, Nic Street, said it was important to shine a light on issues impacting the community such as men’s experience of homelessness.
The 2021 Census revealed more men experience homelessness in Tasmania (56%) and almost 70% of homeless men live in improvised dwellings, tents or sleep outs.
A new $20 million 50-bed crisis and transitional accommodation facility in Hobart includes three secure kennels and exercise area for men with pets who need shelter.
“Along with the co-located 24-bed Waratah supported accommodation facility that has been operating on site since the beginning of 2021, this site now accommodates up to 74 men, the largest facility in Tasmania,” he said.
“A further 15 one-and two-bedroom units for vulnerable older men in need are now available at a new crisis accommodation facility in Rokeby. The facility is managed by Hobart City Mission through its new ‘Coming Home’ program, which provides a long-term and supportive community for older men who have been experiencing homelessness.
“In the North of the State, construction on the new Devonport Men’s Shelter is nearing completion, with the facility due to open in early December.
“This new service is the first of its kind on the North-West Coast and will provide accommodation in a home-like environment for men with or without children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
“Up to eight men, including an option for fathers with children, will have access to emergency accommodation.
“A separate three-bedroom apartment will accommodate a father with up to four children aged 0 to 18 years and will include a living room, kitchen and bathroom.
“The new shelter will help address a service gap in crisis accommodation for men in the North-West.
“Housing is a fundamental human right and Tasmanians experiencing homelessness deserve fit-for-purpose, contemporary accommodation for a range of needs.
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