New housing initiative in Tasmania
5 August 2019
Sirpa standing outside her newly built disability-modified unit
Struggling with serious health issues that impact her ability to live independently, retiree Sirpa is one of nine Tasmanians who will benefit from Project 9, a community housing initiative run by The Salvation Army Housing Tasmania.
Sirpa can no longer live in her home of 15 years, so with the support of the Salvos, a disability-modified unit is being built on Sirpa’s property so that she can continue to live independently and receive the support she needs from her daughter and full-time carer, Suzie.
Suzie says the unit is almost too good to be true:
"This is not a dream, this is real... This has been offered to my mum, it’s exactly what she needs…she’s been through so much in her life that for her to be able to be given that, it’s amazing."
Residents of the units come from low-income and disadvantaged households in the community and are people who have been identified as being at risk of homelessness.
Dr Jed Donoghue, The Salvation Army’s Housing and Homelessness State Manager for Tasmania says:
“Tenants can access the many benefits and support of The Salvation Army long term…Project 9 is changing people’s lives by providing affordable and stable housing, enabling them to engage with neighbours and the local community, seek employment or education, or enjoy retirement.”
This week is Homelessness Week, and we’re looking at the issues surrounding homelessness, and how we can help end rough sleeping for good.
To find out more, visit salvationarmy.org.au/2019homelessnessweek