Affordable homes helping families get back on their feet

By Josh Low

More social housing units in Glenorchy have been delivered in a collaboration between Centacare Evolve Housing and St Joseph Affordable Homes.

Diesel Baker and his family are residing in one of those properties and are happy to have a roof over their heads.

“It’s very tough, when you don’t have a place, anywhere to go, or anyone to turn to – It’s just a struggle,” he said.

Having a home has been life changing for Mr Baker, who said he was living on the street in vans, tents or anywhere he could to get warm.

“It’s the best you could ask for – they’re built just perfectly,” he said.

“It’s given me peace of mind. Now I can get on with life and don’t have to wake up every morning thinking, where am I going to go? What am I going to do?

“It’s changed my life completely and I’ve got my own business going.

“Now I can wake up and have a nice day with my children or go to work without any hassles,” he said.

Housing minister Guy Barnett was a recent visitor to one of the properties and met the young family who have benefitted from the social and affordable housing project.

Mr Barnett said the state government’s plan was to deliver 1500 new social housing units by the end of 2023.

CEO of Centacare Evolve Housing and St Joseph Affordable Homes, Ben Wilson, said the homes built don’t just meet living standards, but are modern and designed to last.

“…the social housing properties are finished to the exact same standard as private housing,” he said.

“It’s also important to recognise living costs. All of our houses are built to seven-star energy ratings, which obviously makes them very comfortable for the tenants, while helping to reduce their living costs.”

Centacare Evolve Housing supports more than 5,000 Tasmanians in need of safe and affordable housing.

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