Housing ends homelessness


Those enduring housing stress or at risk of homelessness can receive assistance from over 40 services, showcased in a free expo this weekend in Hobart.

The services will be brought together at City Hall from 10 to 4 this Sunday, offering free advice to struggling Tasmanians.

Housing Minister Roger Jaensch has acknowledged the difficulties of finding a place to live, and hopes that the expo will assist in alleviating these pressures.

"There will be free buses from suburbs around Hobart to get people in," he explained.

"There will be child minding and entertainment. There'll be a free barbecue as well. The whole family's welcome."

"This will be a safe place for people to come to find out information for themselves, and to ask some questions."

The action is part of initiatives from the government, who aim to supply more social housing, release more affordable land close to services and employment, and provide more accommodation for targeted groups.

With the Commonwealth Housing debt waived, the total investment is $258 million over eight years, which is the largest state investment into affordable housing in Tasmanian history.