TASMANIA’S HOMELESSNESS GROWING FASTEST IN COUNTRY: NEW STATS
New homelessness statistics published today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal Tasmania’s rate of homelessness is growing twice as fast as any other state or territory.
Tasmania’s rate of homelessness per 10,000 people has increased from 24 people to 42 people per 10,000, a 75 per cent increase in 15 years.
A further 728 people have become homeless since 2016, up from 1,622 in 2016 to 2,350 in 2021.
LINES ATTRIBUTABLE TO SENATOR TAMMY TYRRELL
“Labor’s Housing Australia Future Fund might build 600 homes in Tasmania in the next five years, if we’re lucky.
“This latest census data shows that 600 isn’t enough. It’s an insult.
“The amount of housing they’re talking about for Tasmania isn’t going to cover the people who’ll become homeless in the next five years.
“Let alone the people who need help right now.
“That’s why I’m asking Labor’s Housing Minister Julie Collins, as a fellow Tasmanian, to see sense and guarantee 1,200 homes for Tasmania over the next five years.
“It’s enough to get ahead of the rapidly growing problem. Anything less, we go backwards.
“If the Tasmanian Housing Minister won’t stick up for Tasmania, who will?”
*Media release distributed 22 March 2023.
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