Homeless Tasmanians who have been living at the Cornwall Historic Hotel during the COVID-19 pandemic will not be kicked out to make way for travellers needing to quarantine, says the hotels director.
In April Visions Hotels director Brendon Deeley offered to house homeless people in four hotels around Launceston.
Mr Deeley said an agreement struck with the state government will likely see the Cornwall used for that purpose until at least October.
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“The state government has funding up until the end of October on this particular project,” he said.
“Of course everything is moving and goal posts are moving all the time with COVID so we don’t know when it is going to go.”
The collaboration between the government and organisations was an important initiative to support vulnerable Tasmanians, he said
“It has been a wonderful project to be involved with,” Mr Deeley said.
“The government and all the players involved are doing amazing things to help Tasmanians in need.
“On the whole [behaviour] has been quite good but of course people have their challenges in that situation some of them have certain difficulties and challenges.”
Mr Deeley said people come and go but at least 200 people had used the service since it came into affect earlier this year.
Two of Visions other hotels have been used to house quarantining travellers.
Towards the end of April the government invested $4.3 million to expand homelessness services across Tasmania.
The expansion included increased funding for Housing Connect to house homeless people in hotels, motels and cabins around the state.
Housing Minister Roger Jaensch said the brokerage service provided by Housing Connect was ongoing.
“There are a variety of emergency housing solutions that Tasmanian’s can access through Housing Connect,” he said.
The funding increase also allowed for the extension of the 24/7 safe spaces model with new spaces set up in the North and North-West.
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