$30 million dollar City Deal boost for affordable housing

The supply of affordable housing in Hobart for Tasmanians in need will be boosted by a $30 million package under the first element of the Hobart City Deal revealed today.

The funding will facilitate more than 100 new social housing dwellings across Greater Hobart, with the Morrison Liberal National Government providing $30 million to make it a reality.

The announcement comes ahead of the signing of the Hobart City Deal this weekend.

Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the investment would deliver an increase in housing supply, directly focussed at supporting Tasmanians in need.

“Through the City Deal all three levels of Government are working together to look after low-income families, people escaping domestic and family violence, older people and people living with disability,” Mr Tudge said.

Tasmanian Minister for Housing Roger Jaensch said the investment would complement and build on work already underway through the Tasmanian Government's Affordable Housing Strategy 2015–2025.

“The Hodgman Liberal Government welcomes the Commonwealth's investment that will add to the number of affordable and social housing options in Greater Hobart,” Mr Jaensch said.

“This boost will provide more support for Tasmanians in need. It complements the largest ever State Government investment of $200 million over eight years, to address demand across the entire housing spectrum.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz said the Morrison Liberal National Government's decision to boost the supply of social and affordable housing in the city was just the latest example of the Federal and State Liberal Governments working together to support Tasmanian families.

“The Federal and State Liberal Governments have worked hard to ensure a stronger economy and more jobs as well as to reduce taxes to help with cost of living pressures.

Today's announcement builds on that work to ensure people can choose from a diverse range of affordable housing options,” Senator Abetz said.

“This will give Tasmanians, particularly those living in low-income households, the opportunity to buy or rent dwellings where they can enjoy access to employment opportunities, local community amenities and efficient transport links to the rest of the city.”

“In addition to helping to relieve housing affordability pressures, this important investment will also help to create more jobs during the construction of these homes.”

“I am pleased that the City Deal is ensuring that the Federal, State and Local Governments are taking a holistic approach to providing practical local solutions that will help many right across the Greater Hobart area.”

Officials will continue to work with community housing providers and partners to the Deal, to finalise the projects.