New social and affordable housing initiative launched in Hobart

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New social and affordable housing initiative launched in Hobart

Archbishop Julian today launched and blessed CatholicCare Tasmania’s latest social and affordable housing project in Claremont. The social and affordable housing initiative is one of the first Tasmanian projects funded under the Hobart City Deal to commence construction.

The Federal Government provided $8m to CatholicCare via the Hobart City Deal to assist with the building of 45 dwellings for housing priority applicants. The housing development initiative, announced in June this year, formed part of the $30m Hobart City Deal.

“The Catholic Church is well positioned to implement government proposals and to utilise government funding to develop effective programs and initiatives to support those in social need,” Archbishop Julian said.

“This latest housing initiative will deliver much-needed housing for around 110 Tasmanians who are experiencing housing stress, who are homeless, or are at risk of homelessness. The new homes being built will center on a community hub that will provide a range of on-site social services to residents and tenants.

“We are thinking about the people who are going to be living here; we want to create a better community environment, we want to create an opportunity for a better quality of life, we want to provide support services for people who will be living here,” His Grace said.

CatholicCare Tasmania’s Executive Manager Housing Services, Ben Wilson said CatholicCare is delivering holistic housing options for Tasmanians currently on the social housing waiting list.

“One of the important aspects within our organisation around housing is not just the bricks and mortar, but it’s about the support services that we can provide to our tenants and leverage through our social services aspect of CatholicCare Tasmania and also other agencies.”

CatholicCare envisages that it will complete the homes at Claremont within the next 18 months.