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Minister Strongly Urged to Act on ‘No-Brainer’ Crisis Housing Initiative

Independent Member for Clark, Kristie Johnston, has called on the Minister for Housing, Felix Ellis, to commit to funding a joint proposal from St Vincent de Paul and Hobart City Mission which would see the establishment of a ‘meanwhile use’ centre which would provide urgent accommodation for up to 43 women.

“Every four days a woman dies through domestic violence, and Tasmania is not immune to this national crisis.  I hear stories every day of women fleeing domestic violence that have nowhere to go and are forced to sleep in their cars, sometimes with their children,” Ms Johnston said.

“Women’s shelters are full and forced to turn people away.  This proposal is a no-brainer and the required $1.2M is a small price to pay for the safety of Tasmanian women.”

“It’s disappointing that the government did not included funding in the Supplementary Appropriations Bill last week, but I strongly urge Minister Ellis to give a guarantee that it will be included in the 24/25 budget.  This would allow the proponents to get started and get these homes available before the cold really takes hold this winter.”

“I also urge Minister Ellis to meet the key stakeholders of this project onsite so he can see for himself how crucial it is that his government commit to funding this proposal,” Ms Johnston said.

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