New pods expand shelter capacity

EIGHTEEN temporary accommodation units have now been completed to provide more emergency and short-term accommodation before winter.

The first of the 18 units, which were built as part of the Liberal Government’s $5 million Emergency Homeless Response, was recently delivered to Bethlehem House.

A total of 35 additional dwellings are being provided to existing shelters under this response – 18 single bedrooms ‘pods’ at Bethlehem House, 10 units for women and children at the Hobart Women’s Shelter and seven family-sized units also managed by Hobart Women’s Shelter.

Minister for Housing Roger Jaensch said the Liberal Government welcomed the opportunity to collaborate on solutions with local partners like Bethlehem House and the Hobart Women’s Shelter, which had experience and expertise in working with people who were facing homelessness.

“This additional emergency and short-term accommodation will help to meet demand while we bring online new permanent shelters and longer-term housing stock under our Affordable Housing Strategy,” he said.

“This strategy is seeing an unprecedented level of state funding committed to addressing housing affordability and homelessness in Tasmania – a record $258 million over eight years.

“The Gutwein Liberal Government is taking a multi-faceted approach to addressing housing stress and these new units at Bethlehem, which should be operational by the end of March, are just one of the many solutions rolling out around the state.”

Caption: Minister for Housing Roger Jaensch, left, and Bethlehem House chief executive officer Stephanie Kirkman Meikle.

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