New Community Housing Organisation to Revitalise Communities

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New Community Housing Organisation to Revitalise Communities
Tim Gourlay,Mercia Bresnehan and Paul Howlett

Tasmania’s newest community housing provider, Centacare Evolve Housing, has been chosen by the Tasmanian Government to manage around 1100 properties previously managed by Housing Tasmania.

Centacare Evolve Housing Executive Director, Mr Tim Gourlay said the new organisation would focus on revitalising and renewing the communities of Bridgewater, Gagebrook and Herdsmans Cove as a thriving, inclusive and sustainable place to live and work.

“We will regenerate opportunities for education, training and employment, and undertake property development and renewal that is collaborative and financially sustainable.

“Importantly we will be providing a holistic, inclusive approach to building on the already strong foundations of the community.”

Centacare Evolve Housing’s 10-year plan for the precinct includes:
• Improving the housing conditions for residents via an injection of $2Million for property upgrades, essential maintenance to existing public housing stock and installation of new heating and cooling units;
• Constructing new homes and small unit complexes via a $5Million building fund;
• Improving access to services that increase housing stability and choice for residents; and
• Establishing a Community Development and Engagement Reference Group.

Mr Gourlay said Centacare Evolve Housing will offer residents a more streamlined way of accessing housing, education and support services by establishing a local presence in the precinct, and by working in partnership with stakeholders and other service providers.

“Together, we will deliver on our belief that having access to safe, secure and affordable accommodation is the spring board to achieving a positive future.

“We plan to not only improve the quality and liveability of properties across the precinct but will also help to improve the quality of life for people within the community.”

Three community organisations have joined forces to establish Centacare Evolve Housing in Tasmania: Centacare Tasmania, Evolve Housing and Marist Youth Care.

Pictured at today’s launch are Centacare Evolve Housing Executive Director Tim Gourlay; Mercia Bresnehan, Deputy Secretary, Disability, Housing and Community Services and Paul Howlett from partner organisation Evolve Housing.