Wednesday 31st July 2019 – Homelessness Week Edition

Homelessness Week raises awareness of people experiencing homelessness, the issues they face and the actions needed to achieve enduring solutions. The 2019 theme is ‘Housing Ends Homelessness’. There are a variety of events being held across Tasmania during Homelessness Week, with opportunities to celebrate the people and organisations who work hard to deliver homelessness services, learn more about homelessness in …

Wednesday 17th July 2019

Homelessness Week is fast approaching, and 2019 promises to be action packed here in Tasmania. The national launch in Hobart will kick off the week on Monday 5th August. The Hon Luke Howarth MP (Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services) and Jenny Smith (Chair Homelessness Australia and CEO Council to Homeless Persons) and other guests are speaking …

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Shelter Tas CEO Pattie Chugg was a key presenter at the recent Homelessness Crisis Forum on 20th June, which included more than 60 stakeholders, as well as State and Federal Housing Ministers. Five key asks drawn from sector consultation were well received at the meeting. Forgive the historic housing debt so that the $15M annual repayments can be directed into new …

Wednesday 19th June 2019

Shelter Tas has called publicly for the relief of Tasmania’s public housing debt for many years. While community and media attention is focused on the homelessness crisis, we have an opportunity to turn the conversation into action. We urgently need more resources put into safe long-term affordable housing. Yet at the same time Tasmania has a legacy debt of $157M …

Monday 3rd June 2019

Shelter Tas congratulates the Morrison Government on their successful election campaign, and we look forward to working with federal representatives to address housing and homelessness issues in Tasmania. We also welcome the appointment of Michael Sukkar as Minister for Housing. Read more…

Wednesday 15th May 2019

Homelessness Week is an annual awareness-raising week to highlight the 116,000 Australians who are homeless on any given night. This year Homelessness Week will be held from Monday 5th – Sunday 11th August 2019. Shelter Tas is working with Tasmanian homelessness sector organisations to promote events throughout the week. Read more…

Wednesday 1st May 2019

The latest annual Anglicare Rental Affordability Snapshot shows an alarming picture of Tasmania’s private rental market. The 2019 Snapshot confirms that the number of affordable rental properties in Tasmania is declining year by year. In 2013, the Snapshot found twice as many rental properties advertised as were found this year. “When one in four Tasmanian households are renting, the 60% decline over …

Wednesday 17th April 2019

Today (Wednesday 17th April) is Youth Homelessness Matters Day. 28,000 young people between the ages of 12-24 will be homeless tonight in Australia. All over Australia, every single day, there are young people sleeping in their cars, on friends’ couches or finding shelter with family because they have no where else to go. Read more…

Thursday 4th April 2019

Australia needs a National Housing Strategy that recognises all types of  housing as essential infrastructure.  Commonwealth-State Housing Agreements have been reduced to housing welfare agreements. A vital shift in thinking is needed to develop a strategy that ensures appropriate adequate housing for the whole of our growing population, including but not limited to housing needs of low income Australians. This strategic …