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New affordable housing for Tasmanians with disabilities

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More Tasmanians will have access to social housing with the opening today of the first of 27 new specially designed homes for people with disabilities.

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the new accommodation was a significant step towards improving housing affordability for vulnerable Tasmanians.

“Our priority is to ensure access to housing for those most in need,” Mr Tudge said.

“Tasmanians also need a diverse range of housing options and we are working towards delivering that.”

Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services Luke Howarth said an agreement between the Morrison Government and the Affordable Accommodation Trust secured the construction of the development as part of the Hobart City Deal.

“27 accessible accommodation units will be built across nine sites for people with disability,” Assistant Minister Howarth said.

“It will help alleviate pressure on the local housing system and provide more Tasmanians with access to affordable and secure accommodation.

“The agreement will enable more people with disability to live an independent life in a home that meets their needs.”

Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz said the agreement would serve as an investment for people most in need to be close to major services and amenities.

The Supported Affordable Accommodation Trust received $6 million to build the 27 new specially designed homes, with expected total completion by mid 2021.

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