Housing: building a better Tasmania

Housing Australia Tasmania
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This is a policy position endorsed by the Tasmanian community sector, and developed with sector input through a consultation process facilitated by Shelter Tasmania, TasCOSS and Anglicare Tasmania. The three documents were officially released on 16 October 2007 at Parliament House in Hobart as part of an Affordable Housing Advocacy Day attended by people from around the state. The Advocacy Day involved face to face, individual meetings with lower and upper house MPs by delegations of community sector workers and constituents in housing difficulties. Members were briefed on the community sector's policy position, heard the constituents' stories, and had an opportunity to share and discuss solutions to the housing crisis. A lunch time forum was also held featuring the Minister for Health and Human Services and the Greens' and Liberals' housing spokesmen, as well as a constituent who told her story of life in the private rental market.

The aim of the day was to put housing well and truly on the Government's agenda for the 2008-09 State Budget. The policy position contains proposals on social housing, the private rental market, home ownership, housing quality and homelessness, and is in three parts – an executive summary, a background to the recommendations, and a broader discussion of the context for the proposals. Critically, the Government's response must include funding for a sustainable and viable public housing system, ongoing funding for private rental support programs, an infrastructure development program for public housing areas and additional funding for the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program.

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