Clarendon Vale units open

More Tasmanians now have access to supported accommodation, following the official opening last month of new modular homes in Clarendon Vale.

Located at 1 Bulla Drive, the purpose-built units are the tenth project completed by the Supported Affordable Accommodation Trust since 2019, helping a total of 60 vulnerable people into modern new homes designed for their specific needs.

Like the previous nine sites, the new Clarendon Vale home features three two-bedroom units and a shared unit with a staff sleepover room. It allows for residents with special needs to live independently, or with support from specialist on-site staff.

Of the ten completed SAA Trust sites, eight have been funded through the Federal Government’s Improving Social Housing Outcomes Program.

“It’s fantastic to see the completion of social dwellings like this as they directly improve the lives of Australians,” Housing and Homelessness Minister Julie Collins said.

“But we could deliver so much more if we had a secure pipeline of funding for social and affordable housing.

“Our housing reform agenda is ambitious, but it must be if we are going to make real, lasting change for Australians.”

The SAA Trust wants to build more quality housing similar to that at Clarendon Vale, as well as some alternative designs.

With interest rates rising and a crisis in housing stock, the organisation is keen to attract further grants, low interest loans or investments to help it continue to improve the lives of vulnerable Tasmanians.

“To keep this program going for the benefit of a particularly vulnerable section of our community, at a time of general housing crisis, the SAA Trust relies on institutional investors for our funding support,” SAA Trust chair Bob Gordon said.

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