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Argyle Street housing will provide safety and support for women

The St Vincent De Paul Society (Vinnies) has lodged a planning application with the City of Hobart for the construction of 38 studio apartments to support disadvantaged older women in the community.

Designed by Hobart architects Maguire and Devine, the new apartments would sit on top of the existing Argyle Street retail building and rear carpark on Church Street.

The $16.7 million project is supported by Homes Tasmania through the Federal Government’s Social Housing Accelerator program.

Federal Minister for Housing Julia Collins said this project went to the heart of the government’s commitment to ensure more Australians have a safe and affordable place to call home.

“The women who will move into these homes in Hobart are in critical need of a safe home, which is why the announcement we are making today is so important,” she said.

“Our ambitious housing reform agenda is working across the board to provide more help for homebuyers, more help for renters and more help for Australians needing a safe place for the night.”

Vinnies Tasmania CEO Heather Kent said this project aligned with Vinnies’ commitment to making a positive impact in the communities it serves.

“By making additional enhancements to our current site, we are not only addressing the housing needs of older women but also fostering a sense of community and support,” she said.

“The number of women over 55 at risk of or experiencing homelessness is increasing at a drastic pace due to domestic breakdowns and mounting cost-of-living pressures.

“This development is about creating a safe haven where these women can find not only shelter but also the support they desperately need.”

Under an agreement with Homes Tasmania, residents will be accommodated and supported under a tenancy agreement with Amélie Housing, a national community housing provider.

Amélie Housing CEO Graham West said this was one of the most exciting projects that the organisation had been involved in.

“Not only is this project providing accommodation for 38 women who need a safe place to live, it is going to be a beautiful building,” he said.

“The opportunity for residents to grow and feel safe means they can go on to find employment and reconnect with family, friends and society.”

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