A discussion podcast on homelessness in Tasmania aired on Sunday delved into complexities around the issue.
People who had experienced homelessness talked about how homeless people did not necessarily show up in the statistics and how women over the age of 55 were more and more needed secure accommodation.
Housing with Dignity Committee member Kate Kelly said podcasts seemed to be a good medium with which to communicate lived experience.
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Labor’s housing spokeswoman Alison Standen said at least half of the state’s homeless people lived in rural and regional areas though the government’s main focus appeared to be in Launceston and Hobart.
“It’s not as if this crisis has appeared out of nowhere – the 2016 Census showed that on any given night in Tasmania more than 1600 people were homeless,” she said.
“Here we are, four winters later, and the problem is getting worse instead of better, with new data from peak body Shelter Tasmania suggesting that the true number of Tasmanians experiencing homelessness could have more than doubled since the 2016 Census.”
Housing Minister Roger Jaensch last week said a $4.3 million support package announced in April had provided short, medium and longer term initiatives to help Tasmanians get into secure accommodation.
“This year has thrown up many challenges for so many people, and there can be no doubt it has been immensely stressful for those seeking our services,” he said.
The podcast is available on documentarian Darran Petty’s website www.darranpetty.com and on the 50/50 Affordable Housing Awareness ART Campaign Facebook page.
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