A CatholicCare Tasmania social housing development that will see 55 two-bedroom homes built in the Hobart suburb of Claremont is tracking ahead of schedule.
To mark last week’s Homelessness Week, CatholicCare Tasmania hosted a tour of its nearly completed social housing site in Claremont. The accommodation will house people aged 55 years and over, a growing cohort of people facing housing insecurity and homelessness.
“We are well ahead of schedule to deliver this project through the support of the Tasmanian Government and our capable local construction industry,” said Ben Wilson, chief executive Centacare Evolve Housing. Centacare Evolve Housing is a partnership between CatholicCare Tasmania and Evolve Housing to deliver affordable housing.
According to The Mercury, the $12 million development is eight months ahead of schedule.
“Last (month) we finished the first 15 homes, and we expect the site to be ready later in the year. This initiative is taking people aged over 55 directly off waitlist. Importantly, we will also have four homes for people with disabilities,” Mr Wilson said.
CatholicCare Tasmania is trialling a “lead tenant” model at the site to support residents to connect with one another, proactively preventing potential isolation and strengthening social connections. The site includes plans for a community garden to be co-designed with residents.
“We are working closely with the federal and Tasmanian governments to deliver more social and affordable housing in the state, but our delivery goes beyond the coordination of building houses. We are creating sustainable communities with wellbeing, health and safety as focus areas for our impact,” Mr Wilson said.
Housing development ahead of schedule: Homelessness Week in Tasmania (CatholicCare Tasmania)
55 new units to bring shelter for vulnerable demographic (The Mercury)