The Tasmanian Government is continuing to address youth homelessness in Tasmania with a Development Application now lodged to progress the expansion of Thyne House in Launceston.
The expansion is set to add an extra 20 self-contained, one-bedroom units to the current existing 30 that are currently located at Thyne House Launceston, increasing accommodation options for young people in northern Tasmania who are at risk of are experiencing homelessness.
The project is part of Thyne House’s transition to an Education First Youth Foyer model, providing integrated learning and life skills as well as supported accommodation – a holistic approach to meeting young peoples’ needs and empowering them to live independently and build better lives for themselves.
The project will complement other initiatives the government have implemented to increase housing options and reduce homelessness across the state, with the added benefit of supporting jobs in the building and construction sector as we continue our recovery from COVID-19.
These include the governements $4.3 million homelessness support package that has expanded 24-hour Safe Spaces for rough sleepers in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie, a new youth at risk project in Launceston and new youth foyers in Burnie and Hobart.
The government are also delivering hundreds of new homes and units under their Affordable Housing Strategy and have committed to delivering an additional 1220 new social housing dwellings over the next three years through the Government’s $3.1 billion construction blitz, providing secure, long-term accommodation for Tasmanians waiting for housing.
Expansion work at Thyne House is expected to being early next year and be completed by June 2022.