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New Devonport Site Purchased for Additional Disability Accommodation

The Devonport Bowls and Croquet Club in North Fenton Street, has been purchased by Housing Tasmania to redevelop for residential land supply under Tasmania’s Affordable Housing Action Plan 2015-19.

Housing Tasmania will consult with the community to plan for the future of the site. This will include preparation of a master plan for the site and subdivision to deliver lots for residential development, including house and land packages for sale under the Government’s HomeShare scheme.

A suitable site will be retained to deliver a unit complex providing around 15 units of accommodation targeted for people living with disability.

It is anticipated that Housing Tasmania will have a draft plan to present back to the community in early 2018.

The Devonport Bowls Club will continue to occupy the North Fenton Street site until late next year while their new club rooms arre completed in Spreyton.

New Supported Accommodation for People Living with Disability

Woodland Grove Lodge has opened in Newnham as a new supported accommodation for people living with a disability. The 10 bedroom facility is an initiative under Tasmania’s Affordable Housing Action Plan 2015-2019. It provides shared living spaces such as a communal kitchen and staff offices.

Oak Possability will support residents at the site by providing 24-hour support for the six people in respite care, and four people will receive funding through the National Disability Insurance Scheme for semi-independent living.

The aim is for the semi-independent living program to support people for 12 to 18 months and assist them to develop the skills be able to transition to independent living.

Wintringham Model

Australian Government funding has been secured for a proposed supported accommodation facility to provide safe, secure and affordable housing for up to 50 older Tasmanians in need. An ideal setting near Bellerive beach is the preferred site for the initiative, which is close to services, transport, shops and recreational areas.

The funding to manage the proposed facility would be provided to the award-winning ‘Wintringham Aged Care Specialist’. This is a not-for-profit organisation with an outstanding reputation, specialising in the housing and care of frail and vulnerable elderly people.

Consultation with the local community is underway to consider the initial plans for the facility.

Federal Budget 2017‑18

Under national reforms, funding will be rolled together for housing and homelessness services under a new National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA). This will replace the former National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) and the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH).

This means there will be a continuation of housing funds and extension to homelessness funds, plus indexation and Equal Remuneration Order (ERO) supplementation.

There are a range of new initiatives to be introduced including:

  • An infrastructure fund to increase housing supply.
  • Australian Government land release.
  • Incentives for private investment into affordable housing.
  • A bond aggregator model to fund affordable housing.
  • A savings scheme for first home buyers.
  • Incentives for older Australians to downsize.

The initiatives are still under development.

Bilateral schedules will be developed for jurisdictions to deliver activities under the national agreement that will include clear performance targets.

Youth Castles

The Youth Castles program is a pilot program for ‘micro‑housing’ with the homes being designed by University of Tasmania architecture students.

Mobile housing units are located separate to the family home to assist young people to be independent whilst remaining connected with their family.

Five Youth Castles in the North and North East of the State were delivered by the end of June 2017.

First Home Builders Grant

The State Government has announced the $20 000 First Home Builders Grant will be extended for first home buyers for another 12 months.

This will provide greater opportunity for first home buyers to access the housing market and also stimulates the building industry.

Dads and Kids

New affordable housing for dads with kids has opened in Moonah. The housing complex of eight two bedroom units provides an opportunity for dads to have custody of their children in a supported environment.

Hobart City Mission provides support to the fathers and children which includes a coordinator who is on site full time.

The complex includes a play area, a large common area for dads to get together, individual garages and storage, an outdoor barbecue area, and a woodwork shop. Cooking lessons are also planned with a qualified chef.

This is the first supported, transitional housing for dads and kids in Tasmania.

Community Housing Stock Leverage Program

There will be 172 new social housing dwellings built and 31 dwellings substantially upgraded under the Community Housing Stock Leverage Program.

This will be delivered by community housing organisations that are already managing properties on behalf of the Director of Housing. The transfer of ownership of additional properties will take place that will enable organisations to borrow funding to deliver new supply.

An agreement has been signed with the first of the successful organisations, Centacare Evolve Housing.

Agreements will soon be finalised with another three community organisations.

There will be a range of measures in place to ensure to protect the financial security and Director’s interest in the properties.