Three community housing organisations have been chosen to manage more than 3400 public housing properties under a major reform to improve Tasmania's public housing system.
Centacare Evolve Housing, Housing Choices Tasmania and Community Housing Limited will manage Stage 2 of Better Housing Futures with the aim of providing better services to public housing tenants.
All three organisations have an impressive record of managing homes in the community sector.
Better Housing Futures has been proven to give tenants more choice, access to more services, including local offices and maintenance programs, and new opportunities to own their own homes.
Stage 1 has been working successfully with 500 tenancies in Clarendon Vale and Rokeby under the management of Mission Australia Housing since March 2013. More than 40 per cent of Housing Tasmania tenants in these suburbs have already signed leases with Mission Australia Housing.
Close to 4,000 homes state-wide will be transferred to the community sector under both Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the program.
Under Stage 2 Centacare Evolve will manage 1052 properties in Bridgewater, Gagebrook and Herdsmans Cove in the south of the State.
Housing Choices Tasmania will take on the management of 1173 properties in the suburbs of Somerset, Shorewell Park, Acton, West Ulverstone, East Devonport and Latrobe in the North West.
Community Housing Limited will take on 1196 properties in Ravenswood, Waverley, Rocherlea, Mayfield and Mowbray in the North.
The community housing organisations chosen for Stage 2 will take over management in their suburbs later this year. Until then Housing Tasmania will continue to manage the tenancies as normal.
Under Better Housing Futures, a tenant's Housing Tasmania lease does not change but a community housing organisation manages the tenancy.
The Better Housing Futures policy meets Tasmania's obligations under the Nation Building and Economic Stimulus Plan and National Affordable Housing Agreement, which requires the transfer of management of up to 35 per cent of public housing stock to the community housing sector by June 2014.
Tasmania is on track to become the only State to achieve the 35 per cent target within the timeframe.