Public housing waiting list falls

The latest quarterly Your Health and Human Services Progress Chart shows more Tasmanians receiving public housing while the waiting list falls.

The number of people allocated public housing increased by 10.7 per cent at 31 December 2011 compared to the same time in the previous year.

During the same period, the public housing waiting list fell by 13.4 per cent.

Since January 2009, Housing Tasmania has helped provide over 1100 new affordable homes and expects to exceed its target of 1400 by June 2012.

The Progress Chart also showed the average time taken to house people with the highest level of need fell by four weeks compared to the same period in the previous year.

Category 1 clients are being housed quicker despite significant pressures in the local housing market.

The cost of private rental remains comparatively high in Tasmania – particularly for low to moderate income earners – making public housing tenants reluctant to leave their secure, affordable tenure, which leads to high public housing occupancy rates.

The vacancy shortage makes it challenging to match the complex needs of people to available homes.

The Your Health and Human Services Progress Chart is available at http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/about_the_department/performance