Mission Australia is pleased to announce that the number of social homes that the Tier One community housing provider manages in Tasmania is set to double.

Mission Australia recently commenced the management transfer of nearly 700 properties, welcoming new tenants from the public housing sector. This will see the Mission Australia’s housing portfolio more than double on 2 November 2021 when the official transfer occurs. Funding was also approved for construction of new dwellings.

In line with their overarching goal to end homelessness in Australia and ensure communities and people in need can thrive, Mission Australia have doubled their staff resources in Tasmania and have expanded their community development programs providing an integrated tailored response to the services they deliver. Over the next two years, Mission Australia will undertake an accelerated and extensive assets and maintenance program, with significant upgrades to the properties which will also increase employment opportunities in Tasmania.

Mission Australia Regional Manager Simon Duffy said:

“From November 2, 2021, 681 social homes will come under Mission Australia’s management, which includes taking over the tenancies of including around 250 social homes in Warrane. There will also be the construction of 47 new homes. This is in addition to the current 500 homes in already being managed by Mission Australia in Tasmania.

“Our incoming tenants have enjoyed the opportunity meet staff through both Getting-To-Know You Sessions and requested home visits. Many people in Clarence Plains have expressed excitement knowing that their homes will now be managed by Mission Australia.

Mission Australia is proud to be delivering more social homes for Tasmanians in need. As a Tier One community housing provider, this transfer will mean that we’ll be able to provide quality tenancy support to more local residents, link them with local services based on their individual needs and assist them to maintain their tenancies.

“The high cost of rent has pushed far too many Tasmanians into rental stress, placing people in precarious housing situations or even pushing them into homelessness. We are pleased to be able to continue our partnership with the Tasmanian Government and other community housing providers to ensure people can access and experience safe, supported and secure housing across the State.

“It is important that any strategy to address the Tasmania’s housing affordability and homelessness crisis involves the increase in availability and quality of social and affordable homes, and the collaboration of government and community housing providers to best ensure people can experience safe, supported and secure housing.”

Mission Australia housing team’s integrated engagement strategy for the transfer encompasses improving tenant’s digital literacy and general literacy using traditional, digital and social channels; including online event management, incentivised promotions for tenants offering smart devices and vouchers, and greater incentives for tenants attending in-person events.

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