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Tradies chip in for youth homelessness

Local builders from Wilson Homes recently completed a two-day working bee at Colony 47’s Mara House in Hobart.

The Wilson Homes Hobart team patched and painted walls, removed carpet, fixed creaking floors, replaced water damaged kitchen shelves and built steps in the living area to improve accessibility at one of Colony 47’s youth emergency shelters for women.

Colony 47 chief executive officer Dianne Underwood said the organisation was delighted that Wilson Homes was providing this support at Mara House, thus supporting young women experiencing homelessness.

“Last year, Wilson Homes committed $20,000 annually for three years to provide safety upgrades, maintenance and household equipment to Mara House and Colville Place,” she said.

“The partnership comes at a critical time as the state’s housing crisis continues to place immense pressure on young Tasmanians struggling with homelessness and housing affordability.

“Rental availability and affordability are major drivers of youth homelessness and we need innovative solutions to address Tasmania’s housing crisis.

“This collaboration with Wilson Homes highlights the power of community, philanthropy and business partnerships providing hope for the future of young Tasmanians.”

Wilson Homes chief executive officer Tim Ribbons said its Hobart branch was pleased to provide practical safety improvements and building supporting.

“It’s a very rewarding experience to provide practical support and it’s crucial these young people know the community cares,” he said.

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