New homes and support for young Tasmanians

Young Tasmanians under16 years of age will benefit from a $1.4 million Youth at Risk Response Centre to be built at Moonah in the state’s south.

Part of the Affordable Housing Strategy, the centre will complement other facilities that cater for young people including the supported accommodation facility at Trinity Hill in North Hobart, and centres planned for Devonport and Newnham in Launceston.

The centre will primarily provide accommodation and specialised support to make the young person safe.

It will also provide restoration to family, engagement with school and services, and alternative options for longer term wellbeing when restoration to family is unachievable.

Referrals for the accommodation units will come directly from Children and Youth Services, Youth Justice, Gateway, Education, crisis shelters or Housing Connect.

Young people are vulnerable to becoming homeless when they are disconnected from their family and/or it is unsafe for them to live at home.

The younger someone is when they first become homeless, the more likely they are to remain so for a longer time. Many people who go on to become chronically homeless were first without a home before 18 years of age.

When complete the development will have:

  • nine bedrooms
  • a manager’s unit to allow for 24 hour support by manager/caretaker
  • lounge, kitchen and amenities
  • a separate office/private space for staff and consulting rooms. Visiting therapeutic care professionals will also be able to access these rooms to help support residents.

Housing Tasmania consulted with neighbours on the final design.

A development application for the centre was submitted to the Glenorchy City Council on 13 September 2016.

19 September 2016